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2019 Playoffs - Conference Finals Predictions
We call it like we see it
5/9/19 - 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 - Conference Finals Edition.

Series Ken Smyth Paul Krill Mike Lee
BOS vs CAR Bruins win 4-1. I keep picking the Hurricanes to get beat and they keep winning. Still, the playoffs' style suits the Bruins. Bruins win 4-2. Although I'd much prefer the Sharks play the Canes in the Stanley Cup Final, I think the clock is going to strike midnight for the Cinderella Canes in this round. It's not what I want, because it would leave the Sharks playing without home ice in the Final against a team that beat them twice this season. Nonetheless, I think the Bruins, with guys like Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Zdeno Chara, will be too much for the Canes to overcome. Hurricanes win 4-3. The Bruins are odds on favorite to win this series, but thee's something about the Hurricanes this season. They are also a more balanced team when it comes to scoring. Looking at points per game, the Hurricanes have until Jordan Staal's 0.83 ppg, but there's somethign about this team. The Bruins have every advantage, but we'll see why all those things are meaningless in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
SJ vs COL Sharks win 4-3. The torture continues for the Blues and Sharks! I don't know if home ice is much of an advantage here, the Blues seem to play better away. Meanwhile, Vegas Golden Knights fans demand an apology from Avalanche coach Jared Bednar for the Av's series loss Sharks win 4-2. How can I possibly go against the Sharks, even if the Blues have been the league's hottest team in recent months? The Sharks have the firepower, with Tomas Hertl, Evander Kane, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, to overcome the streaking Blues and Vladimir Tarasenko. We'll need Martin Jones to stay hot and Brent Burns to tighten up on defense. Sharks win 4-3. The Sharks don't do anything easy, and the Blues late season push will make this series another one to take 10 years off your life, but the Sharks will prevail in the end. This one simply comes down to home ice advantage and a roster that has more experience getting to the Finals. Joe Pavelski's return also sparks the Sharks offense and elevates it to new levels in the post season.


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