2013 NHL Playoff Lineups ā€“ Conference Finals

The Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup are upon us. It might have been a shortened season due to the new CBA being sorted out but it hasn’t been short on entertaining. Looking back on my predictions of the semi-finals or the round of 8 I was quite close to predicting things as it came to be. And the conference finals, it must be noted, are being contested by the teams that won the last 4 cups. Are we seeing a big 4 being formed here?

Eastern Conference Finals: It’s gonna be 2011 champs Boston Bruins vs 2009 champs Pittsburgh Penguins. I had predicted the New York Rangers to win their series against Boston in 7 but instead the Bruins won in 5 and showed how hungry they were to win the cup back again. And as I predicted the Pittsburgh Penguins did beat my Ottawa Senators in 5 game. Pittsburgh seem very strong, with scoring depth throughout the lines. They seem set to win their 2nd cup in 5 years. And they are a strong team. I predict that they will win 6-2.

Western Conference Finals : This one was a lot tougher and took longer to be completed. The West outshines the East in stronger teams. Anyways, I picked the Blackhawks to win in 6 and they did it in 7, after staging a comeback against the Detroit Redwings. Chicago is primed to repeat their success of 2010 and they seem eager & hungry. But can they get past the strong Los Angeles Kings, who are the defending champs? Speaking of whom they fended off the San Jose Shark, who IĀ  thought could win but this was one series I was sitting on the fence for. It was hard to predict and rightly so as it went down to the wire in 7 games.

Prediction: It will be Chicago vs Pittsburgh!

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