If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8

November 27, 2013 at 7:00pm in Bruins, NHL
Blackhawks vs Bruins: Week 8's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Two months of the season are gone, and a bit of separation is starting to appear. The best bet for outside East teams right now seems to be working their way into the Metropolitan Division’s top three. The West is a little more open, but with all the strong teams in the race, a Wildcard spot is a good aim for fringe teams there. Still, no team is truly having an easy time, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 27, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7

November 21, 2013 at 10:00pm in Bruins, NHL
Blues vs Bruins: Week 7's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Seven weeks of the season are gone. Most teams are more than a quarter of the way through the season by now, and while the separation of the Wildcard teams from the rest of the pack is starting to appear, things are still close. It’s especially tough in the Western Conference, where all of the top eight teams are doing so well. It’s a rough world in the NHL right now, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, November 21 at 10:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 6

November 13, 2013 at 7:30pm in Bruins, NHL
Ducks vs Lightning: Week 6's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Teams are rapidly approaching 20 games already, if they haven’t reached the mark already. The divisional races are getting closer, even Pittsburgh’s. The Wildcard races are pretty good too, especially in the East. A few teams may be thinking of ping pong balls already, but plenty still have postseason aspirations. With seedings shifting around all the time, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 13, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 6 »

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Ducks vs Penguins: Week 5's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Week 5 is over, and the standings have only gotten closer. There’s a three-way tie for the Atlantic Division. The three best Pacific teams are all within a point. In fact, only the Penguins have built up a decent lead so far in their division. There’s a slight push in the Wildcard races among some teams, but not enough to make themselves comfortable by any means. It’s a wild start to November, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 6 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 5 »

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Sharks vs Maple Leafs: Week 4's prediction for the Stanley Cup

A month has gone by in the NHL, and the surprise teams are managing to keep up their momentum so far. Toronto and Colorado are division leaders still, while Carolina is still hanging in there behind Pittsburgh. Boston and Detroit, widely considered to be the best two teams in the Atlantic Division, are relegated to the two Eastern Conference Wildcard slots for the time being. Many Western teams are racking up the early points as well, making it an exciting season all around so far. With everything still so hotly contested, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, October 30, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 4 »

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Sharks vs Penguins: Week 3's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Now three weeks into the season, there’s not much separation, though a few of the best teams are making an early mark. On average, the West has been getting more points, but the East has more games in hand. The Wildcard races in particular are quite packed, and teams like Colorado, Toronto and Carolina remain up in the standings. It’s been an intense first several games, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, October 23 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3 »

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Sharks vs Maple Leafs: Week 2's prediction for the Stanley Cup

The NHL season is now well underway, and as happens at this early stage, there are plenty of surprises. The Rangers can’t get anything going. The Avalanche are unbeaten. The Flames are hanging in there without Jarome Iginla. Toronto is doing well in the early going. Tim Thomas is looking to make his return worthwhile. A lot’s going on to be sure, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, October 16, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 2 »

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