Archive for April, 2017
A2) Ottawa Senators vs. EWC1) New York Rangers
Both teams earned their way through here after grinding out a six-game series in the previous round. The Senators were fueled by the resurgence of Bobby Ryan. Henrik Lundqvist allowed only 11 goals as the Rangers beat the Canadiens in six. This series is destined to be low-scoring, but experience matters in this series, and that’s why I am leaning towards the Rangers in this series.
Prediction: NYR in 6
M1) Washington Capitals vs. M2) Pittsburgh Penguins
This might be THE series to watch in the second round. You know the teams. You know the players. You know the rivalry. A team that’s expected to win vs. a team that’s trying to do something that hasn’t been done in nearly 20 years. My belief is that whoever wins this series will most likely represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
Prediction: WSH in 7
C3) St. Louis Blues vs. WWC2) Nashville Predators
No one thought the #3 and the #4 teams from the Central Division would meet in the second round. But they are, and this series is gonna be a good one. A team that literally shut down THE team to beat in the Western Conference takes on a team that’s trying to prove they’re no fluke despite having a new guy between the pipes. Right now, the Predators look like the most complete team in the Western Conference…and the most dangerous team left in the bracket.
Prediction: NSH in 6
P1) Anaheim Ducks vs. P2) Edmonton Oilers
The Ducks had nearly one week’s worth of rest after sweeping the Calgary Flames in four straight games. But sometimes in the Playoffs, rest is rust. The Oilers have to believe this if they want to have a chance to reach the Western Conference Finals. But like I said in the beginning, experience matters, and the Ducks are the most experienced team left in the Western Conference. Sometimes, just being there can make all the difference in a playoff series.
Prediction: ANA in 6
Now a lot of you were wondering, why wasn’t there any pictures of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew from during the season? Well, I had to wait until AFTER the season ended to complete this entry. But after the Blackhawks were stunningly swept out in four straight games by the Nashville Predators in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday night, I felt now would be the appropriate time to share this retrospective with you. This past season’s Ice Crew consisted of a record 21 women. Alyssa, Christine, Jacqueline, Kate, Liz, and Sara comprised the 2016-17 rookie class; Cindy, Erin, Jay, and Katie returned for their second season; Elaina, Hailey, and Molly returned for their third season; Angela, Dana, Lauren, Marissa, Yvonne, and twin sisters Jackie and Nicky returned for their fourth season; and the longest-tenured member, Julianna, returned four her fifth season. Once again, these pictures below compromise a scrapbook of what happened both on and off the United Center ice this past season. I hope you enjoy this retrospective.