Fantasy Playoffs: Final Four

Well, I went two for four in the second round and I am 9-for-12 overall. I don’t think anyone would have predicted that Tampa Bay would sweep Washington, that one really hurt all of my playoff pools.

We are down to the final four. The San Jose Sharks were that last team to move as they were able to hold off the Detroit Red Wings from completing the full comeback in a great game seven. Lets take at the match-ups for the conference finals. (*) notes games if necessary.

Boston (#3) vs. Tampa Bay (#5)
Games: Saturday (15), Tuesday (17), Thursday (19), Saturday (21), Monday* (23), Wednesday* (25) and Friday* (27)

Season Series: Boston won series 3-1 and outscored Tampa Bay 15-8
Season Home Records: Boston (22-13-6) – Tampa Bay (25-11-5)
Season Away Records:
Boston (24-12-5) – Tampa Bay (21-14-6)
Playoff Powerplay Rank: Boston (14th at 5.4%) – Tampa Bay (3rd at 26.7%)
Playoff Penalty Kill Rank:
Boston (10th at 80.5%) – Tampa Bay (2nd at 94.4%)

Key Injuries: Trent Whitfield (out indefinitely), Marc Savard (miss playoffs), Patrice Bergeron (questionable), Adam McQuaid (probable), Matt Smaby (out indefinitely), Dana Tyrell (probable), Ryan Malone (probable), Simon Gagne (probable) and Pavel Kubina (questionable)

Boston Top Scorer First Round: Patrice Bergeron (seven points)
Tampa Bay Top Scorer First Round: Martin St. Louis (eight points)
Boston Top Scorer Second Round: David Krejci (nine points)
Tampa Bay Top Scorer Second Round: Vincent Lecavalier (six points)
Boston Player That Needs to Step Up:
Tomas Kaberle (three points)
Tampa Bay Player That Needs to Step Up: Steven Stamkos (six points)

Prediction: Boston in seven.

Vancouver (#1) vs. San Jose (#2)
Games: Sunday (15), Wednesday (18), Friday (20), Sunday (22), Tuesday* (24), Thursday* (26) and Saturday* (28)

Season Series: Vancouver won series 3-0-1 and outscored San Jose 16-10
Season Home Records: Vancouver (27-9-5) – San Jose (25-11-5)
Season Away Records:
Vancouver (27-10-4) – San Jose (23-14-4)
Playoff Powerplay Rank: Vancouver (5th at 22.2%) – San Jose (13th at 13.7%)
Playoff Penalty Kill Rank:
Vancouver (5th at 86.0%) – San Jose (7th at 82.7%)

Key Injuries: Rick Rypien (out indefinitely), Manny Malhotra (miss playoffs), Mikael Samuelsson (questionable but could be out another week) and Kent Huskins (out indefinitely)

Vancouver Top Scorer First Round: Daniel Sedin (seven points)
San Jose Top Scorer First Round:
Ryane Clowe (seven points)
Vancouver Top Scorer Second Round:
Ryan Kesler (eleven points)
San Jose Top Scorer Second Round: Dan Boyle (eight points)
Vancouver Player That Needs to Step Up:
Daniel Sedin (three points in last series)
San Jose Player That Needs to Step Up:
Patrick Marleau (six points)

Prediction: Vancouver in six.

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