1. Montreal Canadiens vs. 4. Ottawa Senators
2. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning
1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 4. Columbus Blue Jackets
2. Washington Capitals vs. 3. New York Rangers
1. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 4. Dallas Stars
2. Nashville Predators vs. 3. St. Louis Blues
1. Anaheim Ducks vs. 4. Minnesota Wild
2. Edmonton Oilers vs. 3. Calgary Flames
Canadiens over Penguins
Oilers over Predators
Stanley Cup Finals
Oilers over Canadiens
1. Pittsburgh Penguins
Their depth is unmatched in a tough division.
2. Washington Capitals
A little roster shakeup might be just what they needed.
3. New York Rangers
So goes Henrik in net, so goes the Rangers Cup chances.
4. Columbus Blue Jackets
Their quick rise in the division was no fluke and having the reigning Vezina trophy winner proves that.
5. New York Islanders
It would be amazing if they didn’t retain their captain John Tavares at some point this year.
6. Carolina Hurricanes
Having a different full-time net-minder will go a long way in changing their fortunes.
7. Philadelphia Flyers
The top six forwards are solid, but their blue line and goaltender situation is a bit in flux.
8. New Jersey Devils
While they shouldn’t be the worst team in the conference, there will be growing pains along the way. Continue reading
As with past deadline deals these will be highly scrutinized for many years. Instantly we see and decide who got the better end of the deal, but we really won’t know until at least two or three seasons down the road. The only way to know in real time is if the team getting the established major leaguer goes on to win a World Series. Time will tell if that happens this year with the flurry of names (a few marquee ones) being dealt this July. Continue reading
For the 87th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. This will be the first MLB All-Star game played at the Miami Marlins new ballpark. It was first opened back in 2012. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 34 players for each league. Continue reading
Metropolitan Division #2 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
Players to Watch: F Evgeni Malkin and F T.J. Oshie
Who Wins: Capitals in 7 games
Wild Card Team #1 vs. Atlantic Division #2
New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators
Players to Watch: F Mats Zuccarello and F Bobby Ryan
Who Wins: Rangers in 6 games
Wild Card Team #2 vs. Central Division #3
Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues
Players to Watch: G Pekka Rinne and F Vladimir Tarasenko
Who Wins: Blues in 7 games
Pacific Division #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks
Players to Watch: G Cam Talbot and F Ryan Getzlaf
Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games