My 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 Predictions

NHL Playoffs

Here are my Round 1 predictions! Feel free to leave your predictions in the comments.

East

Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings

It will be a tough series as the Red Wings are a fast paced team who can keep up with the Bruins. Unfortunately for Detroit, Boston is just too good in their own end being back stopped by Tuuka Rask to win this series. Boston in 6

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets

A match-up that drastically favors the Penguins could be a series that surprises many. Pittsburgh is absolutely favored in this series. But a collapse in goaltending or if Todd Richards, Columbus’ head coach, finds a way to exploit Dan Bylsma’s system. Well this could be the big upset of the first round. With that said I still pick Pittsburgh in 5.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens

A very interesting series here. Tampa now led by Super Star Steven Stamko’s will lead his team into the heart of Hockey Canada to take on the Habs. Many of Montreal’s fan base believes they are a doomed team with Coach Therrien behind the bench. I however feel that it gives their team quite the advantage over rookie Coach Jon Cooper. It’s hard to imagine with an experienced coach and solid lin-up that the Canadiens not winning this series. Habs in 6.

New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers

Maybe the most unpredictable match-up in the east we have the Rangers, who have been very sketchy all season going against the blazing Flyers. Home ice advantage may play a big role in this series as the Flyers have not been great at Madison Square Garden the past two seasons. However I believe that Philadelphia is a much better team and could prove to be too much for the Rangers. Rookie coach Berube will have his hands full, but he seems to be up to the task. Flyers in 7.

West

Anaheim Ducks vs Dallas Stars

A strong finish in the regular season put the Dallas Stars into the playoffs. Unfortunately it pitted them against one of the top teams in all of the NHL. While the Stars won the season series against the Ducks I cant see them winning a seven game series especially with the a mediocre team that Dallas has. I have to give this series to Anaheim in 5.

Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild

Believe it or not this has been one of the most difficult series to pick. Colorado was a HUGE surprise this season. I unfortunately believe they are a bit too inexperienced and with Patrick Roy’s crazy antics at times this match up could get out of hand VERY quickly. The Wild will be led by Zach Parise Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter. While their goaltending may be a big issue its hard to imagine this team struggling with how much experience they have. Minny in 6.

St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks

I may get a lot of heat for this, but Chicago is not the same team they were just one year ago. The injuries to Kane and Toews has surely hurt them. Who knows what kind of form they will be in come game 1, but we do know the Blues will be ready to go despite the Blackhawks ailments and the tough end of the year they had.. Hitchcock vs. Quenneville will be a treat I am sure, but look at goaltending to be a BIG reason why the Blues take this series. St. Louis in 5.

San Jose Sharks vs L.A. Kings

The Battle of California (minus Anaheim) will be an exciting one. After years of constant disappointment the Sharks fan base should have very little expectation while Kings fans are still jonesin for another Stanley Cup. Bother teams are pretty equally matched, I just feel that this will be the year San Jose makes a little more noise than usual. San Jose in 7

Enjoy!
- Robert Slavinsky

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Robert Slavinsky

Pittsburgh Penguins writer for hockeytracker.net. Since my childhood I have followed hockey, from the years of The Great One up to The Next One I have followed the fastest sport on ice. Growing up in Pittsburgh PA, I have had the privilege to witness some of Hockey's Greats. Since the days of Le Magnifique no other team in Pittsburgh has mattered to me but the Penguins.

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