Time continues to tick away on the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and now we will be down to 4 teams after tonight. While the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings battle for one last time in Anaheim tonight, the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens are preparing for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Both Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist have been on their game in the playoffs and have had a large part in the successes that the teams have had. P.K. Subban and Ryan McDonagh also have something to say about game-changers.
These 4 players are easily the four guys to watch on the ice. Subban has been on a blitzkrieg of offense in the postseason while McDonagh has been able to put up shutdown defense along with some production.
The (M2) New York Rangers are coming off of a grueling 7-game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers were down in the series 3-2 but fought back and looked impressive in pushing the Penguins out of the Playoffs.
The (A3) Montreal Canadiens have certainly made a statement in the first two rounds of the postseason. Coming off of a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal did the same as New York and won back-to-back games to clinch a 7-game winning effort.
2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions Score – .5 for correct # of games, .5 for correct winner
We left off last round at 4.5 points out of 8. In spirit of the finale of Eastern Conference play, only the Eastern Conference results will be accounted for and added.
I had Boston “continuing to roll” in 6 games and I came out empty handed in that series – 4.5/9
I had the Penguins “moving on to face the Bruins” after 6 games. Once again, zilch – 4.5/10
This is a battle of two teams that fans thought had a decent shot of making it to the Stanley Cup, but maybe not with the resilience and, at some points, dominance that these two teams have shown.
In this battle of Original Six teams, Montreal hasn’t made the Stanley Cup since 1993 (they won) and New York hasn’t made it to the Finals since 1994 (they also won). A drought will be broken, question is: whose?
OK, maybe going against the Rangers is a little too natural for a Devils fan but one thing cannot be denied: Montreal has looked deadly when they are hot. They are scorching hot right now.
There have been so many 7-game series so far, and I think that this one is no different.
This may just be the hardest series to predict so far in the playoffs, but I am going with the Canadiens. If Price and Subban continue their dominance, it is going to be hard to deny them of a playoff spot.
Game 7 is in Montreal (although the Rangers proved that a road win isn’t impossible, even if it is the Penguins in the Playoffs). I think that is what will be enough to seal the Canadiens the series and give them their first trip to the finals since 1993.
MTL in 7.