Predictions and an ode to playoff hockey
Since it’s all the rage, I’ll put forward my first round predictions. I don’t know if I should be expected to do a full bracket, but, I’m not going to. Here’s what I have.
Boston v. Montreal: Boston in five
Buffalo v. Philadelphia: Buffalo in six
Tampa Bay v. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh in seven
New York v. Washington: Washington in six
Vancouver v. Chicago: Vancouver in six
Nashville v. Anaheim: Anaheim in six
Detroit v. Phoenix: Phoenix in seven
San Jose v. Los Angeles: San Jose in four
The best part of the playoffs and predicting or discussing match-ups is that all that matters is the games. These predictions, these discussions, they’re immediately immaterial once the puck drops. All that matters is what you’re watching on TV. Everything else can be set aside, and for those three periods, all that matters is right on the ice. Everything, rink issues, coaching problems, prior injuries, cap and contract conflicts, none of it matters.