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NHL Playoff Preview – Ranking what playoff series interest me the most, 1 to 8

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Evgeni_Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, USA

The Penguins are the odds-makers favorites for the Stanley Cup, but are in danger of losing in Round 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t pretend to know hockey in depth enough to make a real analysis one each series. Therefore I will be a narrative whore and rank the series according to how much they intrigue me and how much I want to watch them, with analogies, one phrase descriptions and key match-ups for each.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins (4th, East) vs 5 Philadelphia Flyers (5th, East)

The marquee match-up with star power and bad blood to spare. Two contenders for whom a 1st round loss is a massive failure.

Why Pittsburgh will win: Star talents stepping up and great goaltender

Best analogy for Pittsburgh: The most popular girl in her class, gets a mix of adorers and hatred for the attention

One phrase description for Pittsburgh: Superstar talent

Why Philadelphia will win: Greater offensive depth and a mean streak

Best analogy for Philadelphia: A younger brother of the perfect son, constantly ignored for his strengths and brilliance, has a opportunity to kick the perfect son’s ass

One phrase description for Philadelphia: Explosive and angry

Match-up that could decide the series: Gs Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) vs G Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI). With both teams’ offensive talent, the goalies stepping up will be key.

Prediction: Pittsburgh in 7 games Read the rest of this entry »

Written by jr.

April 11, 2012 at 9:21 am