First, best wishes to our Jewish friends on Yom Kippur. Happy fasting.
Here is a photo of a Rangers T-shirt sent to us a few weeks ago from Israel by our friend and captain ilb (apologize for forgetting to post it earlier). The inscription is “New York Rangers” according to the captain.
I usually go with Leastern and Bestern, but I really feel the tide starting to shift a bit, or at least the Least is catching up, and I’m not just saying that because those boozing Bruins won the Stanley Cup (google Bruins, bar tab). Not sure if the elite-level talent in the East is as good, but I think the East has more good teams. Or maybe there are just more good teams throughout the NHL.
Here’s another belief I have about the 2011-12 season (with the hope that the Mayans, or whomever is predicting the Apocalypse is off by a few years): I think that the Rangers are much, much better this year, but that the 6-7-8-9-10 seeds are still going to be a last-week cage match, and that it could even extend up higher, to Nos. 4 and 5. I really do, and the reason I do is that so many teams who didn’t make it last year are going to be better this year.
So here are my picks, and I hope you all have your own to share with us in the comments section (I usually have to beg you guys to share your opinions).
Without further ado, and without mentioning The Grate Sean Avery for a cheap hike in the comments, my picks:
1. Tampa Bay.
6. YOUR NEW YORK RANGERS.
8. New Jersey
14. Florida (Quebec).
3. San Jose.
5. Los Angeles.
8. St. Louis.
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL: Pittsburgh over Washington.
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL: Anaheim over Vancouver.
STANLEY CUP FINAL: (all birds) Pittsburgh over Anaheim.
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