Flyers Faithful Staff Playoff Predictions

Whelp, it’s playoff time and unfortunately the Flyers are not participating this year. While some people may be able to temporarily adopt a team during the playoffs, others need more useless methods of fabricating fandom…such as predictions.

So here we go!

Marcello De Feo 

This is a weird season and I expect the topsy turvy nature of the season to continue throughout the playoffs.

Western Conference
Chicago 3
Minnesota 4

Predators fans further lament the loss of Ryan Suter, who helps lead the Wild over the Blackhawks in a stunning upset until the draft comes around, the Preds draft a stud and forget all about Suter.

Anaheim 3
Detroit 4

Anaheim puts up a good fight but the perennial playoff contenders go Duck hunting.

Vancouver 4
San Jose 2

This season, the Canucks are not unlike 2001 Dr. Dre. You forgot about them. You shouldn’t have.

St. Louis 4
Los Angeles 1

Despite the lopsided outcome, this will be the best series to watch in the first round. Rock out with your Hitchcock out.

Vancouver 2
Minnesota 4

The Canucks fail to show up in the second round as the upstart Wild take them down.

St. Louis 4
Detroit 2

Cinderella story. This unknown comes out of nowhere to lead the pack…

Minnesota 3
St. Louis 4

The Blues go wild as St. Louis makes its fourth-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh 3
New York Islanders 4

Sidney Crosby rejoins the Penguins a little too late to help power-packed Pittsburgh make it by the young and hungry Islanders. Flyers fans consider it a moral victory for missing the postseason.

Montreal 4
Ottawa 1

Carey Price silences critics (for now) as he steals the spotlight and the series for Montreal.

Washington 2
New York Rangers 4

Stupid Rangers. *shakes fist*

Boston 3
Toronto 4

Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk show the rest of the Maple Leafs what playoff hockey is all about. Flyers fans no longer feel the joy of the Islanders beating the Penguins.

Montreal 4
New York Islanders 2

Carey Price dominates another series as the Islanders realize they are out of gas after the first round.

Toronto 3
New York Rangers 4

Stupid, stupid Rangers. *mutters incoherently*

Montreal 4
New York Rangers 3

This proves to be the most exciting series for people who don’t care for things like goal scoring.

Stanley Cup Finals

Montreal 1
St. Louis 4

Price and the Canadiens chie du lit (I don’t speak French) when they get their first look at how awesome the Blues are.

NHL vet and playoff noob, Jay Bouwmeester, wins the Conn Smythe.

Man, I’m going to look stupid when both of these teams lose in the first round. Meh, whatever.

 

Kevin Christmann

Round 1

Western Conference

Chicago (1) vs. Minnesota (8) Blackhawks in 5

Anaheim (2) vs. Detroit (7) Ducks in 5

Vancouver (3) vs. San Jose (6) Canucks in 6

St. Louis (4) vs. Los Angeles (5) Los Angeles in 7

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh (1) vs. NY Islanders (8) Penguins in 7

Montreal (2) vs. Ottawa (7) Senators in 6

Washington (3) vs. NY Rangers (6) Rangers in 7

Boston (4) vs. Toronto (5) Bruins in 5

Round 2

Western Conference

Chicago vs. Los Angeles Kings in 7

Anaheim vs. Vancouver Vancouver in 6

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa Senators Penguins in 5

Boston vs. NY Rangers Bruins in 7

Round 3

Los Angeles vs. Vancouver Kings in 5

Pittsburgh vs. Boston Penguins in 6

Stanley Cup Finals

Kings vs. Penguins Kings in 7

Conn Smythe: Jeff Carter

 

Steve Jacot (Estebomb)

Round 1

Western Conference

Chicago (1) vs. Minnesota (8) Blackhawks in 5

Anaheim (2) vs. Detroit (7) Ducks in 6

Vancouver (3) vs. San Jose (6) Canucks in 7

St. Louis (4) vs. Los Angeles (5) Blues in 7

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh (1) vs. NY Islanders (8) Penguins in 5

Montreal (2) vs. Ottawa (7) Senators in 6

Washington (3) vs. NY Rangers (6) Rangers in 7

Boston (4) vs. Toronto (5) Bruins in 6

Round 2

Western Conference

Chicago vs. St. Louis Blackhawks in 6

Anaheim vs. Vancouver Vancouver in 6

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa Senators Penguins in 5

Boston vs. NY Rangers Bruins in 6

Round 3

Western Conference

Chicago vs. Vancouver Canucks in 7

Pittsburgh vs. Boston Bruins in 6

Stanley Cup Finals

Vancouver vs. Boston Canucks in 7

The Canucks win the rematch of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals with a more focused defensive effort. My Conn Smythe pick is Henrik Sedin. I think this all stems from my desire to see Roberto Luongo recreate the old Strombone toilet Twitter picture with the Stanley Cup.

 Kim Pollock

Round 1 –

East:

Penguins over Islanders in 5

Canadiens over Senators in 6

Rangers over Capitals in 7

Leafs over Bruins in 6

West:

Blackhawks over Wild in 5

Ducks over Red Wings in 5

Canucks over Sharks in 6

Kings over Blues in 6

Round 2 –

East:

Penguins over Leafs in 6

Rangers over Canadiens in 5

West:

Kings over Blackhawks in 6

Canucks over Ducks in 7

Round 3 –

East:

Penguins over Rangers in 6

West:

Kings over Ducks in 5

Finals:

Kings make it two in a row, beating the Penguins in 7. Conn Smythe goes to Jeff Carter. That’s right. Jeff Carter.

Bob Herpen

Penguins over Islanders in 5

Canadiens over Senators in 7

Capitals over Rangers in 7

Bruins over Maple Leafs in 5

Blackhawks over Wild in 6

Ducks over Red Wings in 5

Sharks over Canucks in 6

Blues over Kings in 7

Pens over Bruins in 5

Capitals over Canadiens in 6

Blackhawks over Sharks in 5

Blues over Ducks in 6

Penguins over Capitals in 5

Blackhawks over Blues in 6

SCF predictions to come later

 

Hal Greenblatt

My heart says Anaheim and Islanders, but my head tells me to go with my preseason prediction of Rags vs Kings with Kings repeating.

And just to piss everyone off: Mike Richards for Conn Smythe.

 

Craig Forsythe

Pens over Islanders in 5

Candiens over Senators in 6

Rangers over Caps in 7

Bruins over Leafs in 6

Hawks over Wild in 4

Ducks over Wings in 7

Canucks over Sharks in 7

Kings over Blues in 6

2nd round

Pens over Rangers in 6

Bruins over Canadiens in 7

Hawks over Kings in 6

Ducks over Canucks in 6

3rd round

Pens over Bruins in 7

Ducks over Hawks in 7

Stanley Cup

Pens over Ducks in 6

 

Casey Lumbra

West (Round 1)

Chicago

Detroit

San Jose

L.A.

East (Round 1)

Pitt

Montreal

NY Rangers

Boston

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West (Round 2)

Chicago

L.A.

East (Round 2)

Pitt

Boston

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Finals

L.A. vs. Boston with L.A. repeating as champs (unlikely but I still believe there can be a repeat in the new NHL)

 

Tom Zulewski

West Quarterfinals

Chicago over Minnesota in 4 games

Anaheim over Detroit in 7 games

San Jose over Vancouver in 7 games

Los Angeles over St. Louis in 6 games

West Semifinals

Chicago over San Jose in 6 games

Los Angeles over Anaheim in 7 games

West Finals

Chicago over Los Angeles in 6 games

East Quarterfinals

Pittsburgh over NY Islanders in 5 games

Ottawa over Montreal in 7 games

New York Rangers over Washington in 6 games

Boston over Toronto in 6 games

East Semifinals

Pittsburgh over Ottawa in 5 games

New York Rangers over Boston in 7 games

East Finals

New York Rangers over Pittsburgh in 7 games

Stanley Cup Finals

Chicago over New York Rangers in 7 games

Conn Smythe- Henrik Lundqvist

 

Jared Abbott

Stanley Cup Champs: PIT over CHI in 7

Eastern:

#1 PIT vs #8 NYI – Pens in 5

#2 MTL vs #7 OTT – Sens in 7

#3 WSH vs #6 NYR – Rangers in 7

#4 BOS vs #5 TOR – Bruins in 6

PIT over OTT in 6

BOS over NYR in 7

PIT over BOS in 7

Western:

#1 CHI vs #8 MIN – Hawks in 4

#2 ANA vs #7 DET – Ducks in 7

#3 VAN vs #6 SJS – Canucks in 6

#4 STL vs #5 LAK – Kings in 7

CHI over LAK in 7

ANA over VAN in 6

CHI over ANA in 7

 

Russ Hryvnak

In the East:

Pens over Islanders, Habs over Sens, Caps over Rangers and Bruins over the leafs.

Pens are easily the best team in the East, should make quick work of the Isles, being that it is their first time in the playoffs with this young team as well as the fact that Nabokov never really had success in the playoffs.

If the Habs play like they did during the early months of the season the should take out the Sens. The big “IF” statement comes from Carey Price, if he plays well, they win, if he doesn’t, they lose.

I think the Caps/Rangers series is going to drag out to seven games. With the Rangers having a hard time scoring and Ovi being as hot as he is, I give the edge to the Capitals.

The Leafs are far too inconsistent. Add to that the fact that their young goalie has never been playoff tested and the way that Boston can play the “Physical” game and boom, Bruins win.

In the second round I have Caps over the Habs and Pens over the Bruins. Round three winner is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the West:

Hawks over the Wild, Ducks over the Wings, Sharks over the Canucks, Kings over the Blues.

Hawks should make quick work of the Wild.

Ducks should take down the aging Wings. Their Defense will be eaten up by Getzlaf, Perry, Selane and Ryan. The Red Wings had to battle just to make it into the playoffs, which I think will leave them tired and unable to perform in the postseason.

Sharks will defeat the Canucks with the help of their goalie Niemi. Vancouver will lose with the help of their goaltending controversy between Luongo and Schnieder.

Blues will put up a lot more of a fight than last year, but I see the Kings taking the victory out of this series.

In round two I have Hawks over the Sharks and Kings over the Ducks (Barely). Round three winner is the Hawks.

Leaving the Cup Between Hawks and the Pens.

 

Jim Hasson

Round 1:

East. West

Pittsburgh. Chicago

NY Rangers. San Jose

Montreal. Anaheim

Boston. LA Kings

Round 2

Pittsburgh Chicago

Montreal. Anaheim

Round 3

Montreal. Chicago

Stanley Cup Winner : Montreal

Conn Smythe Winner : Carey Price

 

Filip Strych

West: Chicago in 5, Anaheim in 6, Vancouver in 5, St. Louis in 6.

East: Pittsburgh in 6, Ottawa in 7, Rangers in 6, Toronto in 7.

Conn Smythe Trophy will go to Toews. Again. So obivously Chicago is my top pick for the Stanley Cup champions.