A Sharks-Bruins NHL final?

Apr 14, 2009 5:08 PM
Power Plays by by Mark Mayer |
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At last, the Stanley Cup playoffs. San Jose has home ice advantage throughout, while Boston enjoys the same all the way to the finals if the Bruins get that far.

All eight series are best of 7’s that start Wednesday and Thursday. We will examine Game 1’s and patterns emerging between the teams during the regular season.

EAST

Montreal at Boston (Thurs): Normally facing Montreal is a death sentence for the Bruins, but not this year. Boston is 4-1 against the Habs, including three straight wins at home. Canadiens on a four-game slide coming in. BOSTON.

NY Rangers at Washington (Wed): Rangers off two straight wins to end the regular season. Capitals owned a 3-1 edge, winning both matchups at the Phone Booth 2-1 and 3-1. Tough to bet against Alex Ovechkin, but opener could be low scoring. UNDER.

Carolina at New Jersey (Wed): The teams ended the regular season against each other with New Jersey winning at home 3-2. The season series was 2-2 with all four games producing 5 goals or less. UNDER.

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (Wed): Best matchup of the first round. Penguins won 16 of 21 down the stretch. Flyers lost 4 of 6 with the three home games producing 9, 6 and 9 goals. OVER.

WEST

Flames at Chicago Blackhawks (Thu): The Hawks couldn’t ask for a better opening round matchup, having swept four from Calgary. The two games in Chicago resulted in 14 goals. CHICAGO / OVER.

Columbus at Detroit (Thu): First timer in playoffs against the Stanley Cup champs. But this won’t be easy. The season series was 3-3, including an 8-2 Columbus win at Joe Louis Arena. COLUMBUS.

St. Louis at Vancouver (Wed): The two teams split four games, including a pair of 6-4 results. The Blues come in with momentum. Look for a tight-checking opener. UNDER.

Anaheim at San Jose (Thu): The Sharks are the solid favorite as the overall No. 1 in the NHL. Anaheim was 2-4 vs the Sharks with three of those games producing shutouts. More of the same. UNDER.