Philadelphia made it this far into the playoffs, and has home ice? Something does not seem right here. While the West has gone according to what is somewhat expected, the East has become a roulette wheel. Let’s just spin this sucker and see what happens……(spinning sound enters here)….oh, Philly and Montreal! Wow, who all lost money on this spin? I would have if I would have put in money. A team that got in by winning a shootout in the final game of the year is now going into the East finals with home ice in a #7 vs #8 match-up. No Pens, No Caps, and No Devils. I checked, no flying pigs. No end of the world yet, or collapse of time and space.
But now I can only question if the East team that makes it will not just be run over in 5 games in the Stanley Cup finals. Because as we have seen out West, it has not been a cake-walk, but the top 2 teams have fought and powered their way to a titanic clash in the conference finals. Both teams seem to be kicking on just about all cylinders. Chicago has their powerplay going, have started crashing the net and the goalie situation has been pretty good so far with Niemi. But San Jose can match the Blackhawks scoring, at least on the first couple of lines. Also the Sharks have defense and a great goalie that has not been pushed a ton so far this off-season. Both teams can have ridiculous powerplay units, and are talented and fast. This series might shape up to be better then the Finals for the Cup.
Out East? Two teams a good amount of people are scratching their heads about. Two teams that have scrapped through rough wins and surprised teams that I felt they could not beat. I have not picked the Flyers for either series but they won both and found ways to win. Montreal has climbed on the back of a young goalie named Halak and a powerplay beast named Cammalleri, and neither look like they will stop. Many people right now see the #8 seed Canadiens as the favorite just based on who they have taken out. At this point it is hard to tell, and home ice may not mean much in this series as Montreal has survived without it twice so far. But after these two Cinderella teams fight it out til one wins, can the winner then put up a fight against a Goliath?