I’m back, and picking the Rangers again. I know, I should have posted all of my picks yesterday, prior to Game 1s of the two conference semifinals that began last night. Nevertheless, here are my picks:
Rangers in 7.
Flyers in 7.
Red Wings in 6.
Sharks in 6.
Anybody want to join in? By the way, did anybody get all eight series correct the last time we picked? I haven’t had time to go back and check, but I will. I missed on two series — I had Ottawa upsetting Pittsburgh (that was close, huh?) and Anaheim beating Dallas, I think. Lots of you guys had seven of eight. I don’t think anybody had all eight.
Series trivia: Which two NHL arenas are the oldest in the league? Right, the two in this series, the Igloo (currently called Mellon Arena) and the Garden (the World’s Most Famous Arena that isn’t really even as famous as the arena in the same city, up in the Bronx).
One more thing. People are now spitting out all sorts of conjecture about “The NHL wants Sidney Crosby in the finals” and/or “The NHL wants a New York team in the finals.” And we are sure to be hit with all sorts of conspiracy theories, as was the case in the last series, where many of you thought the league bowed to Lou Lamoriello, and thus called unjust penalties against the Rangers for that reason. Well, the Penguins will dive, and they will draw penalties that aren’t really penalties, or maybe not very severe penalties. That’s just reality.
But if the league really decides which teams it wants in the finals, how the heck did we end up with the finals we had in the last three years? I mean, Anaheim-Ottawa? Carolina-Edmonton? Tampa Bay-Calgary? I don’t think so. Wouldn’t the Rangers be in there more than once since 1979? Yep.
Finally, Sam, did you actually post at 4 a.m.?