It’s only Tuesday. Nothing we can do about that. The playoffs don’t start until Wednesday.
I’m just checking in, and I figured I’ll give you my picks and get you all angry with me and then I’ll go away and let you cool off. Actually, Jane is going to practice and she will be along with her picks at some point, too.
We’d love to hear yours.
Capitals over Rangers in six.
Bruins over Canadiens in five.
Devils over Hurricanes in seven.
Flyers over Penguins in seven.
Sharks over Ducks in six.
Red Wings over Blue Jackets in five.
Canucks over Blues in five.
Flames over Blackhawks in seven.
And, since you’re sure to ask: I still don’t believe in the Rangers’ top-line talent. Who is going to score big goals? Avery? Callahan? Dubinsky? Those guys are terrific playoff-type players, but the Rangers don’t have one guy the Capitals think they have to stop in this series. And if Chris Drury’s out, it’s even worse. The power play, well, you know. The Capitals will score goals. The Rangers’ penalty killing might give them a wash on the special teams, even with the dreadful PP. And Lundqvist is surely a better bet than Jose Theodore, who gives the Rangers’ offense some hope. Overall, though, I see the Rangers scoring one or two goals per game, and that won’t get it done in this series. And there are no more shootouts. One more prediction: The Rangers win Game 1 and get everybody even more excited. It happens a lot. Game 2 winners win about 70 percent of all series, though.
If you care, and surely you don’t except to root “against” a certain team with a 25 percent chance of winning the draft lottery, the ping pong balls get picked tonight at 8 p.m. Versus is supposed to show it, although they might have a bull ride or a deer-shooting contest going on, or some MMA guys beating each other bloody. NHL.com will also broadcast it. (ps, the Isles have a 48 percent chance of getting the first pick, because the winner of the lottery can only move up four spots).
Hey, it’s hockey, as much as there is today.