New York is back in the Finals after a well-earned victory over Montreal. (

The Finals are set, with New York beating Montreal and resting a bit while LA completed an epic defeat of Chicago in Game 7 on the road. These are two good teams with two very good goalies, but before they square off in the Finals, let’s see how they got there.

It was a rather difficult round, with only one correct series winner combined among everyone’s picks. Only one series length was correct for each series as well. Overall, though not too much changed, there’s a little bit of creeping up to the lead going on.

So check below for updated results, and check back Wednesday evening for the Stanley Cup Finals picks. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Third Round Results »

Tags: , ,

Jarome Iginla (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Is the President’s Trophy cursed? No, that would be ridiculous. But maybe…

It’s been pretty well documented that teams that dominate during the regular season and win the President’s Trophy for first place finish in the league seemed to be doomed in the playoffs. Year after year, these teams tend to lose in the first or second round and all their high hopes and expectations wither away. There are several factors that go into this; maybe being the top dog means that all other teams bring their “A” game to them, or possibly after their high level of play for the first 82 games, they just don’t have enough left in the tank for a long playoff run. Continue reading Bruins Looking for Answers after Early Exit »

Tags: , , ,

(Photo Courtesy by Rick Osentoski of USA Today Sports)

After the disappointing series loss to the Canadiens, I was trying to figure out how did the Bruins collapse? Was it the lack of production of the first line? Was it the loss of Dennis Seidenberg and the Bruins could not replace him correctly? While these questions did signify a mistake the players and management made, there is one glaring issue I have with the series. Brad Marshmallow Marchand missed key goal-scoring opportunities in golden situations to put the Boston on the board.

He is a prolific goal scorer, right?

In the past three regular seasons, Marchand has an average of 23.6 goals a season. Continue reading Brad Marchand: Little Ball of Disappointment »

Tags: , , ,

Chicago, as the only team left not to go seven games last round, is hoping to once again defeat LA to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. (

The Conference Finals are here. The heavyweight Kings and Blackhawks have a rematch from last year’s Conference Finals, while the upstart Canaidiens and Rangers fight for the other spot in the Stanley Cup Finals. The stakes are higher, and the action sure to be even fiercer.

While both the Canadiens and Rangers beat a higher seeded team to get here, the Canadiens’ victory over a lackluster but still spunky Bruins squad has them getting attention from our experts. The Blackhawks are still getting plenty of attention as the defending champions, but the Kings did win the Stanley Cup as an eight seed not too long ago, so don’t count them out just yet.

Complete picks for the third round are below. Be sure to check them out and come back once the Conference Championships are complete for the updated results. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Third Round »

Tags: , ,

Los Angeles punched the last ticket to the Conference Championships, and now they're in a rematch with the defending champions. (WWE)

Fur teams remain, with three of them having won road Game 7s the previous round. The President’s Trophy winning Bruins are out at the hands of arch-rival Montreal, which advances to face the New York Rangers. Chicago and LA face off in a rematch from last year’s Western Conference Final. The defending champion Blackhawks, interestingly enough, were the only team that started with home-rink advantage to win last round.

The Western Conference was much easier to predict in the previous round, whereas the East, particularly with the Bruins playing rather poorly, threw a few curveballs into the mix. Such a drawn-out round for all teams involved was also hit-or-miss in trying to select.

So be sure to check out the updated results below. And don’t go far, because the picks for the next round will be up shortly. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Second Round Results »

Tags: , ,

Zdeno Chara was just one of a handful of Bruins playing through injuries against the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe)

Maybe the Boston Bruins advancing to the Stanley Cup finals for the second straight year wasn’t such a guarantee after all.

Or maybe that’s exactly what the Bruins want us to think.

One day after getting unceremoniously ousted from the NHL playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-1 Game 7 loss at home, the Bruins revealed a whole host of injuries that its players were simply pushing through in the name of toughness and (I can only assume) #YOLO.

Continue reading Explanation or Excuse? Bruins Played Through Rash of Injuries »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The Bruins file off the ice after the Montreal Canadiens brought their season to an end with a Game 7 win. (AP Photo)

Well, the 2014 Boston Bruins season has officially come to an end. After a disappointing loss to the Canadiens in Game 6 to even the series, it looked like a win at home would be the best way for the Bruins to move one step closer to the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins had looked their normal selves as of late, but were unable to answer the call against a tough Montreal team. After giving up goals in the first two periods of Game 7, the Bruins finally answered with a goal of their own when Jarome Iginla scored making it a 2-1 game. Things looked like the Bruins might have had a chance to tie up the game until Montreal’s Daniel Briere made it 3-1 with less then 3 minutes left in the game. As the Bruins’ hopes and dreams of a Stanley Cup slowly slipped away, the question remains — what happened?

Continue reading Bruins Season Comes to a Disappointing End, but the NHL Playoffs Go On »

Tags: , , , , , , ,