Thursday, October 6, 2011

POTG Stanley Cup Playoffs and NHL Award Picks

Over the last couple of days I've managed to make several folks mad with my picks in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference so today I'll continue the irritation with my playoff picks and choices for the NHL Awards.

Eastern Conference...

Using the order of finish in my picks, here are the First Round match-ups.

Washington over Montreal
Pittsburgh over Buffalo
Boston over Tampa
New York Rangers over Philadelphia

Second Round

Washington over New York
Pittsburgh over Boston

Eastern Conference Finals

Pittsburgh over Washington (and NBC loves the match-up)

Western Conference...

First Round

Vancouver over St. Louis
Los Angeles over Anaheim (great cross-town rivalry)
Nashville over Detroit (finally)
Chicago over San Jose

Second Round

Chicago over Vancouver
Los Angeles over Nashville (seven games - Kings win on home ice)

Western Conference Finals

Los Angeles over Chicago

Stanley Cup Finals...

It will be a great match-up between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles with Pittsburgh having the home ice advantage by virtue of three points or less difference during the regular season.

Sidney Crosby will take the Conn Smythe when the Pens win it on home ice in game seven.

NHL Awards...

Here are some guesses (not predictions) of the top three in each category and the projected winners.

Hart Trophy

Evgeni Malkin
Alex Ovechkin (winner)
Steven Stamkos

Norris Trophy 

Duncan Keith
Niclas Lidstrom (winner in his swan song season)
Shea Weber

Vezina Trophy

Henrik Lundqvist
Ryan Miller
Pekka Rinne (winner)

Calder Trophy

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Gabriel Landeskog (winner)
Adam Larsson

Jack Adams Trophy

Dan Bylsma
John Tortorella
Barry Trotz (Winner - Finally)

Jennings Trophy (Included for all the Jennings Trophy Watch fans)

Nashville (winner)

More Later...

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