The (P1) Anaheim Ducks and (P3) Los Angeles Kings will meet in the Pacific Region Finals in this edition of the 2014 NHL Playoff Predictions.
The Kings are turning right back around from a stellar 4-3 series comeback of the (P2) San Jose Sharks. San Jose had led 3-0 in the series but completely collapsed and took another early exit in the playoffs. In my predictions, I had guessed San Jose in 7.
The Ducks are coming off of a 4-2 series win over the (WC2) Dallas Stars. The Stars, like the Blue Jackets, had a couple of great opportunities to steal the series away from the Ducks but ultimately fell short. Their collapse in Game 6 was the worst of all as they gave up 2 goals with Anaheim’s net empty and would go on to lose in OT.
2014 NHL Playoff Prediction Score – .5 for correct games, .5 for correct team
After going through all of the 1st round matchups, I have a score of 4.5 out of 8.
The Kings are riding a ton of momentum coming off of their amazing comeback and are looking to continue that trend right through the playoffs. The Ducks looked like they were about to hit a 7-game series until they exploded in Game 6 and stole the series away from the Stars. Game 6 showed off their explosiveness.
This game is the biggest toss up in my eyes. If the Kings won in 6 and were on a trend of winning one and losing one, I would say that the Ducks would probably win in 7. The Kings are white hot right now and buckled down and came up clutch when they needed to. San Jose always finds a way to choke a playoff series but there was a lot of good to take away from that series if you are a Kings fan.
I think the Kings take this series to 7 games but Anaheim’s dominant home form gives them the Game 7 victory.