2014 NHL Stanley Cup Predictions – 2014 NHL Playoff Predictions – 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Predictions
It was an exciting year for us hockey fans, one that went by far too fast as it usually does. But now the best of the best go head to head in the 2014 NHL Playoffs and I cannot wait. Here at Pucking Hockey we had another profitable year in terms of winning NHL predictions going 133-72-2 +$48,287 overall. But now that the regular season is over we will continue our big profits through the NHL playoffs.
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Detroit Red Wings (4) vs Boston Bruins (1)
Injuries plagued the Red Wings all season long but once again they found a way to make it into the playoffs and as I have always said, it’s because of Mike Babcock. Unfortunately, injuries will catch up to the Red Wings along with their young talent in the playoffs.
Neither club is familiar with the other and this should be a great start to a new rivalry with-in the Eastern Conference. I expect a hard-fought series but ultimately the Bruins will prevail. The only way the Bruins lose this series is if the Red Wings find themselves up 3-1 in the series and don’t choke it away…again. But Boston won’t allow that, Tuukka Rask will be the difference maker and carry this Boston team deep into the playoffs.
Boston Bruins defeat the Detroit Red Wings in 6
Montreal Canadiens (3) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (2)
Tampa is back into the playoffs and the last time they were they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. But, I just don’t see them going all that far without Martin St. Louis. They did prove me wrong by still finding a way to score once St. Louis was traded but then towards the end of the season goaltender Ben Bishop went down with an injury. He didn’t finish out the regular season but is expected to start in the playoffs.
Now Tampa does have Anders Lindback in the mix and if you recall he played decent for Nashville before going to Tampa. He shouldn’t be a problem for Tampa if he starts but by game 3-4-5 that’s when his true colors will show unfortunately.
Montreal in my opinion isn’t known for their scoring. They are just too small of a team for playoff hockey. They will have Mr. Playoffs (Danny Briere) this time around and when he was with Philly he single handedly carried the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. So it will be very interesting to see how he performs this time around. If he gets going, watch out.
Another player who will have to put his foot down is Carey Price. He has already won a gold medal thanks to the defense that was in front of him but he did play very well when it was needed. To me that’s all the motivation Price needs in order to be motivated to win another championship.
The Habs may be a small team up front but don’t count them out just yet. The experience is there and Tampa is missing one player they will need to score and win plus they have the drama of Ryan Malone floating in the locker room at the moment…..
Montreal Canadiens defeat Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 games
Columbus Blue Jackets (4) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (1)
It seems like no matter who Pittsburgh plays in the first round of the playoffs the games always seem to be high scoring and extremely wacky hockey games. This year though, we may actually witness some real hockey involving the Penguins.
I want to base my final prediction off of how the Penguins have played the last 2 weeks but I just cannot. I felt like Pittsburgh took some time off knowing they already clinched a spot in the playoffs. As where Columbus had to keep pushing the gas pedal all the way up until the final week of the regular season.
I was one of the few who kept backing the Jackets this season even when they were hefty underdogs. And I am going to continue doing that. I don’t really have a rhyme or a reason on why I think the Penguins will fail it’s just one of those gut feelings that I cannot explain.
It won’t be an easy series and I do expect some high scoring games but I am going to keep backing the Jackets has I have done all season long. Oh and by the way, I backed the Devils back when they kept under the radar and ended up in the Stanley Cup Finals. Yes, it’s one of those gut feelings…
Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 games
Philadelphia Flyers (3) vs New York Rangers (2)
This is in my opinion going to be the best series in the East. Not because I am a Flyers fan but because these two teams hate each other. Hated each other for years and it’s just going to add to the rivalry!
The Flyers will get in your face and they will cause havoc, especially if they are losing the game. Not many teams can handle that and the Rangers were one that couldn’t…in John Tortorella’s era. Well now New York has a new chief in town and I just don’t see Alain Vigneault playing that type of hockey, especially in the playoffs. their coach is all about scoring and playing that type of hockey, offense.
New York has home ice advantage and Alain Vigneault is back in the playoffs. He has an All Star goaltender in net (something he is already used to) but now has the offense up front to score goals when needed. Rick Nash alone should shine and prove he can play in the playoffs, something he has not had the chance to really do. One time I believe in his career and that was with Columbus.
Oh, and did I mention Martin St. Louis?….enough said.
It pains me to back the Rangers being a Flyers fan but this Philly team isn’t ready to compete. The Leadership isn’t quite consistent as it should be and who knows how seriously injured Steve Mason is. Because Ray Emery won’t get the job done all on his own.
Underdogs do prevail in hockey and this series can be the underdog but I am going to pick the obvious team – the better well-rounded team.
New York Rangers defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in 6 games
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