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2019 Playoffs - Semi Finals Predictions
We call it like we see it
4/25/19 - By LGS Staff -

Playoff time! Which means all bets are off. We're making our predictions and sticking to them. Not that you should be mortgaging your home and using this info to bet the farm. We did, however, go a collective 23-1 with our predictions last year.

The staff writers at put their collective heads together (which equated to a half a normal human brain), and we present our predictions for the 2019 NHL Playoffs - Semi Finals Edition.

Series Ken Smyth Paul Krill Mike Lee
NYI vs CAR Islanders win 4-3. Who would have predicted this series as possible back in October? Isles will be too much for the ‘Canes. Then again, I thought that about the Caps, too Islanders win 4-2. I have to be a believer in the Islanders now, after they swept the Penguins out of the first round. The Canes, meanwhile, had to claw back to eliminate defending champ Washington in seven games, and even lost one of those games by a 5-0 score. And Carolina gets a mere two days off between Rounds 1 and 2. I’m going to go with the Hurricanes win 4-3. The Islanders have had a huge layoff and the Canes found a way to outlast a very good Washington Capitals team. Justin Williams just always seems to find a way to win in the post season.
CBJ vs BOS Blue Jackets win 4-3. Tukka Rask vs Sergei Bobrovsky. The Bruins’ mean streak vs all the guys on the Jackets who want bigger contracts in July. Blue Jackets win 4-2. After what the Jackets just did to the top-seeded Lightning – sweeping them in Round 1 – it’s going to be hard for me to pick Columbus to lose again. Rust could be a factor for them early on, though. Blue Jackets in six games. Bruins win 4-2. Boston is the best remaining team in the East, and they'll show everyone why in the 2nd round. The Blue Jackets are a great story, but their cinderalla story ends in the second round. Boston is too deep and has the experience to get it done.
STL vs DAL Blues win 4-3. The Stars have something to prove to their owner, still the Blues have talent and are on a roll. I don't like either of these teams. Blues win 4-3. This Blues team just could be a team of destiny, having dispatched Winnipeg in six games without home ice advantage. I think they’ll knock out the Stars in seven. But it could be a tough call, with Dallas having eliminated the Predators under similar circumstances. Blues win 4-2. St Louis has been one of the hottest teams since February, and they'll care of business, especially with home ice advantage. This one will be one of the closest series, but the Blues will get it done in 6 games.
SJ vs COL Sharks win 4-2. Good Martin Jones shows up, Nathan MacKinnon is contained and this series is not too bad. If McKinnon and Mikko Rantanen run wild and Jones runs mild then there’s trouble. Sharks win 4-2. The Sharks beat the Avs on Fan Appreciation Night a few weeks ago. But since then, the Avs knocked Calgary, the Western Conference’s top seed, out of the playoffs in a mere five games while the Sharks had to mount a historic comeback to eclipse the Golden Knights in seven games. The Sharks looked as good as dead following Game 4 but got it done. I suspect Colorado, with a week off since its last game, could be a little rusty while the Sharks will have had just enough rest - three days - to recuperate from Tuesday’s game. Hence, the Sharks should step on the gas early on Friday. As far as the series itself, I’ll go with the Sharks in six games; thank Heaven for home ice advantage. Sharks win 4-3. The Sharks wiill have to work to get through this series, and their mounting injuries will pose a problem for San Jose. The post miracle let down may cost the Sharks a game in San Jose early in the series. If Joe Pavelski returns to the lineup early in the series, then San Jose will make this easier than not. Without him, the Avalanche will make this a tough series. Shutting down Nathan MacKinnon will bt the Sharks number one priority.


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