13 May 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals Predictions

Four teams are left in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs with their Stanley Cup dreams intact. After this round the Stanley Cup Final will be set with two teams still standing. Which clubs do I think will be there? It's time for my Stanley Cup Conference Finals predictions.
Conference Finals TV Schedule
(2) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning
Both of these clubs are terrific on the offensive end and can pile up goals quickly. The Bruins are led offensively by Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton but they are very deep on the wings. As always, the Bolts are keyed by Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Vinny Lecavlier and Simon Gagne but they are deep as well. The difference will be made in net, as it usually is. Tim Thomas has been lights out all season for Boston but Dwayne "get off my lawn" Roloson has been solid of late in his own right and he has the edge in terms of playoff experience. I'm really liking Guy Boucher's upstart club in seven.
Tampa Bay in 7

(1) Vancover Canucks vs. (2) San Jose Sharks 
Well if you have followed my Stanley Cup playoffs predictions thus far this season, you know that I have not put a lot of trust in the San Jose Sharks, in fact I've picked them to lose every series just far. But I think this is their year. Their offense is as good as ever and while their defense has been average at best, the clutch play in net by Antti Niemi is the reason why they are still standing.
On the other hand, the Canucks are a more complete club with their deep and talented offense and their solid defense. Plus they have one of the game's elite goalie in Roberto Luongo. But Luongo's play has been widly inconsistent this postseason and I don't have much trust in him. I actually have more trust in Niemi based on what I've seen. And that's why I'm taking them. 
San Jose in 6

1 comment:

  1. Nooooo! Now the Sharks are doomed! Damn you, B-Flo!