The Conference finals went exactly as I predicted…well almost.
I called the Boston Bruins in seven and the Vancouver Canucks in six, I was correct except that the Canucks won in five. Overall I am 11 for 14, hope your playoff predictions have worked out for you.
So we are down to two teams playing for the Stanley Cup. These teams are fairly close as both have a Vezina nominated goalie, both have a solid defensive group, both teams have three scoring lines and both team’s number one line are rolling. This series has the potential to be one of the best.
Don’t read too much into the regular season meetings between these teams as they only play once a year. There are several analysts that are saying the Canucks are in trouble because the Bruins are 3-0 over the last three seasons, Tim Thomas has posted a 0.33 GAA and the Sedin Twins have zero points and a minus five rating. It is impossible to predict how a team will do based on one game a season over three seasons.
(*) notes games if necessary.
Vancouver (#1) vs. Boston (#3)
Games: Wednesday (June 1), Saturday (June 4), Monday (June 6), Wednesday (June 8), Friday* (June 10), Monday* (June 13) and Wednesday* (June 15)
Season Series: Boston won only meeting this season 3-1.
Season Home Records: Vancouver (27-9-5) – Boston (22-13-6)
Season Away Records: Vancouver (27-10-4) – Boston (24-12-5)
Playoff Powerplay Rank: Vancouver (3rd with 28.3%) – Boston (14th with 8.2%)
Playoff Penalty Kill Rank: Vancouver (8th with 80.6%) – Boston (9th with 79.4%)
Key Injuries: Trent Whitfield (out for playoffs), Marc Savard (out for playoffs), Rick Rypien (out for playoffs), Lee Sweatt (out for playoffs), Manny Malhotra (cleared to play, questionable for Game 1), Mikael Samuelsson (out for playoffs), Christian Ehrhoff (probable for Game 1), Aaron Rome (probable for Game 1)
Vancouver Top Scorer First Round: Daniel Sedin (7 points)
Vancouver Top Scorer Second Round: Ryan Kesler (11 points)
Vancouver Top Scorer Third Round: Henrik Sedin (12 points)
Boston Top Scorer First Round: Patrice Bergeron (7 points)
Boston Top Scorer Second Round: David Krejci (9 points)
Boston Top Scorer Third Round: Krejci and Nathan Horton (7 points)
Roberto Luongo: 18 GP, 12-6 record, 2 shutouts, 2.29 GAA and 0.922 SV%
Tim Thomas: 18 GP, 12-6 record, 2 shutouts, 2.29 GAA and 0.929 SV%
Prediction: Vancouver in five.
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