Well the teams are just about set. The East has a couple questions left but it should finish with the 8 teams in now actually in. Out West “my” Kings are a point away from elimination to finalize things there. While most of my efforts are spent dreaming of a Summer with Sutter riding into the sunset and Dean Lombardi following him and Vegas being dumb enough to take Brown. There is some playoff hockey ahead! I’d say it always delivers but last year there was no passion and finished with two healthy, battlescar free, teams in the Finals. But it is usually good times.
Who ya got? I’m taking the easy route and saying it is finally Washington’s year. Their 5 on 5 possession is videogame-esque. Its downright silly. They made good depth moves at the deadline and I think its all there. All the upstart Canadian based teams are good storylines along with Columbus. Though I’ll be routing full bore against Calgary, rubbed the Kings wrong down the stretch. If I had to pick a darkhorse I’d say the Blues. The midseason coaching change that worked, the favorable first round matchup with the plummeting Wild. Just might be some stars aligning there.