SERIES M 3 BOSTON BRUINS vs. 5 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Game 1: Sat. @BOS 8PM Game 2: Tue. @BOS 8PM Game 3: Thu. @TAM 8PM Game 4: 5/21 @TAM 1:30PM Game 5: 5/23 @BOS 8PM * Game 6: 5/25 @TAM 8PM * Game 7: 5/27 @BOS 8PM *
Canada: CBC except Games 2-4 on TSN
2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
SERIES N 1 VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs. 2 SAN JOSE SHARKS Game 1: Sun. @VAN 8PM Game 2: Wed. @VAN 9PM Game 3: 5/20 @SJO 9PM Game 4: 5/22 @SJO 3PM Game 5: 5/24 @VAN 9PM * Game 6: 5/26 @SJO 9PM * Game 7: 5/28 @VAN 8PM *
Well, I picked the ones and twos - that worked out OK for the West, but not so well for the east.
Picking with my heart: San Jose finally gets there, and I go into cardiac arrest.
Boston in 6. This is going to be tough due to all the rust both teams probably have with this giant layoff. I expect whoever gets on a roll early wins this thing.
Vancouver in 5. San Jose showed they can waste away games, yet still sent the Red Wings home. I expect these to be tight guys, but I like Vancouver's goalie more then I like San Jose now that the Blackhawk monkey is off his back.
I said Boston/San Jose in the final before the playoffs (although I secretly hoped for Buffalo/Phoenix), so I should stick with that, but I think Vancouver is picking up steam. I have no read on the Lightning whatsoever.
Said it before, and I'll keep saying it; I've never seen a series where all the bad breaks and bounces of the puck so completely went against one team. The Wings weren't just playing against the Sharks, they were playing against random luck and intermittent injury.
Also the complete and total lack of defense behind Lidstrom.
Vancouver over San Jose Tampa over Boston
Michigan against the SEC: 20-6-1 (7-4 in bowl games)
Maybe I just haven't followed the NHL as a whole closely enough this season, but this sure seems to me like a completely uneven trade, Pavel Brendl and Bruno St. Jacques for Ryan Bast and Sami Kapanen.