This is a preview of the NHL playoffs.
Let’s start in the West with the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Minnesota Wild. I do not see this one being a huge contest as Chicago should take it easy if their goaltending is good enough.
If Chicago gets through the Wild how far will they go? I don’t know because there are big contenders like Anaheim, Los Angeles and St Louis. I’m not sure if Chicago can beat those teams.
Now let’s get to what I think will be the best series in the West, if not the best series in the quarter-finals – St. Louis taking on Los Angeles.
I am liking this push St. Louis is currently on. When they got Jay Bouwmeester they were in seventh. And now they are fourth. I know that is not a lot of places to move up but, hey, they have home-ice advantage and that could be a big thing.
I think this will be a six- or seven-game series, and it will be decided by goaltending. L.A. has the edge in goaltending, but you never know.
In the East there is only one good series.
The top one, I think, will be Washington and the New York Rangers. Washington has been amazing lately, led by their captain and still my favourite player, Alexander Ovechkin.
He has came out of nowhere lately and he took the league lead for goals with 32. Back to the series, I think Washington will take it in six because New York has lost their touch so they aren’t as good as they once were.
But you never know, with star players like theirs, they could get hot and take them all the way. Also, New York has the edge in net and that is huge.
I would like to add that I am finally proud once again to have my Ovechkin shirt in my column picture.
Thirteen-year-old Joshua is a big-time sports fan who always keeps up-to-date on professional play.