May 12, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks celebrate after a goal by right wing Emerson Etem (65) against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

2013-2014 NHL Predictions

2013-2014 Season Playoff Predictions

 

Hey guys, just a quick little post here today. First of all, up above this is my prediction for this seasons playoff bracket. Yeah, I know the season hasn’t started yet, but a while ago I sent this exact prediction to a partner site as they were asking for some writers’ playoff predictions. I think the Anaheim Ducks make the playoffs again this year, and I have them beating the San Jose Sharks in six games in the first round, but then losing to the Los Angeles Kings in the second round in seven games. Sorry, but let’s face it, the Kings are arguably the second best team in the conference behind the Chicago Blackhawks. However, I think this is the year that the St. Louis Blues make a HUGE playoff push which includes winning the Stanley Cup and beating the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins to do so. The Blues’ defense is sooooo good and they have a full team. Plus, it doesn’t hurt having a coach in Ken Hitchcock that’s won a Cup.

Anyway, so there’s that. In other news, the NHLPA voted to keep hybrid icing for the upcoming 2013-2014 regular season. It was tested during the preseason with the right to vote it in for the regular season in the hands of the players. So, we’ll be with hybrid icing for at least one year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it stay around, honestly. I haven’t gotten to watch too many preseason games, but I won’t have to wait long to see it with the regular season starting TOMORROW!!!

Finally, with the Ducks opening their season on Wednesday and their roster pretty much set, I’m not going to make some kind of opening night roster prediction when it comes to lines. Kind of too late to do that…..I’ve been busy with a lot of school work and I’ve also recently scheduled classes for my last semester of college ever (sniffle). Anyhoo, I can’t wait for tomorrow and Wednesday. It’s gonna be a fun ride, buckle up!

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