Ah, the Stanley Cup finals are finally here. For just the second time in the history of the league, an eighth seed (Los Angeles Kings) will compete for the Cup. The only other time was during the 2005-2006 playoffs where the 8th seeded Edmonton Oilers lost to … the Canes. Not only that, whoever wins the Cup this year, they will be the lowest seed to win the cup since the New Jersey Devils won the cup as a 5th seed in 1995, when they swept the Detroit Red Wings in four games. The not-a-surprise-anymore-Kings will take on the 6th seed from the east in the New Jersey Devils. It should be a great goaltenders battle as the riley veteran Martin Brodeur of the Devils takes on the newcomer Jonathan Quick of the Kings. The Kings made quick work of the Phoenix Coyotes, eliminating the third seed in the west in just 5 games, while the New Jersey Devils eliminated the top-seeded New York Rangers in six games, with help from former Hurricanes Ryan Carter and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Carter specifically had a huge series against the blue shirts, registering 4 points in the 6 game series, including a huge game winning goal in game 5 with just minutes to spare in the third period. Ponikarovsky has 2 points (both assists) in the series, including an assist on the game winning goal by Adam Henrique in overtime in game 6.
As you may remember, the staff at Cardiac Cane has been doing a playoff pick ‘em for each series. Heading into the conference finals, I was leading Jennifer by 1 point with KP trailing in third. Unfortunately for us, we all picked the Rangers…however, luckily for us, we all picked the Kings. We all got 2 points for picking the correct team, but no additional points were given because the Kings just dominated the series and won in 5 games instead of 6 or 7. Thanks a lot, Jonathan Quick.
Here’s where the points (and percentages of total points) are after 3 rounds … still a close one for first (sorry KP).
It doesn’t look like anyone from Vegas is going to be calling any of us anytime soon to make predictions for hockey. Then again, who would have guessed that a 6th seed would be taking on an 8th seed in the Stanley Cup Finals? Go ahead, I’ll wait…I won’t divulge my picks before Wednesday, but let’s just say Kings rhyme with rings for a reason. I’m just sayin’.
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