As the matchups in the east are set, I thought I'd start this thread, giving my thoughts (not necessarily predictions) on each series. Once the west is set after today, I will give my thoughts on that conference. Assuming all the choking coming from Colorado isn't so overpowering I go deaf AND blind.
(1)Ottawa vs (8)NY Islanders
Well once again the Rangers couldn't do it. Were any of us surprised to hear that Anson Carter hadn't scored in nine games, Alexi Kovalev wasn't scoring, and then there was Eric Lindros. And Messier. *shudder* But enough about the overpaid, whiny ass Rangers. The Chapter 11 Senators had it in them to play with all they have, never give up, control what they can, and win. Win more than any other team in the league as they won the Presidents Trophy. I have to be honest, I'm pulling for Ottawa to win Stanley. If Ottawa wins him, Chris Phillips might bring him to Duckyville. DUDE, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. The only other Fort McMurrayite sort of playing in the NHL is Scottie Upshall and that's for Nashville and... no. As for the New York Islanders I think Ottawa fans will enjoy booing Yashin. Garth Snow in net means Ottawa will win this series. I mean, really. Garth Snow?
(2)New Jersey vs (7)Boston
This series could honestly go either way. It depends on who shows up. Joe Thornton will definitely show up, he's been showing up all season. If the Devils can't score Boston could win. If Marty Brodeur shuts the door, New Jersey will win. But if Boston scores 8 goals a game like they did in the finals, something tells me the Devs who rely on Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Gomez for the majority of their offence won't win. Of course getting one goal past Brodeur is a tough task, and he can play well in one-goal game situations.
(3)Tampa Bay vs (6)Washington
Tampa Bay is not only in the playoffs but they won the division. Ok, yes it is the southest division, but there was some competition this year in the form of Washington. Unlike Carolina last year I can't see Tampa Bay going to the finals. They may be able to pull of some upsets, like if they face New Jersey or something. They'll have to get past Washington first though, and Washington also has an upset in them. But that's only if the good Capitals show up and not the bad ones. Has anyone else noticed that, there's a good Washington team that wins 12-2 and there's a bad one that loses 6-0. Khabibulin has never won a playoff series, but then Tampa Bay has never been in the playoffs so neither have the rest of the team. This could go either way but I don't see more than 6 games.
(4)Philadelphia vs (5)Toronto
Prepare the hospitals, Philly is playing Toronto. Remember how bloody their NYI series was? That will look like a bunch of tea-sipping tree huggers playing with precious china sticks compared to this series. I see lots of hitting, fighting, and scoring. Eddie vs the Unibrow Freak - I'd put my money on Belfor. Assuming he doesn't "sleep in" and miss a game like he missed practice the other day.
There! That was my first attempt at discussing the playoffs. How'd I do?