NHL: A Sneek Peek Into the Eastern and Western Conference Finals
The second-round of the NHL playoffs was exciting and there is much more in store for the conference finals in the east and the west. Both semifinals series in the west went seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes swept away the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins took down the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games.
Boston has last won it all in 2011 and Carolina has last won it all in 2006. St. Louis and San Jose have never won the Stanley Cup before in franchise history. Which teams play each other in the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals?
Eastern Conference Finals
(WC1) Carolina Hurricanes vs (A2) Boston Bruins
The Hurricanes continue to take the league by storm. They have won six straight games heading into this series and Carolina will look to get back to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2006. The last time they reached the conference finals was in 2009. The Carolina Hurricanes last played the Boston Bruins in the playoffs in 2009 and Carolina upset them in seven games. Once again, the media won’t focus the storylines too much on Boston even though they had the second most points in the league this season. Their four lines are very dangerous. Tuukka Rask is much better than whoever is playing in net for Carolina. Not having Charlie McAvoy for Game 1 could be problematic, but this team is too good and too deep. The pick: Boston in 6.
Western Conference Finals
(C3) St. Louis Blues vs (P2) San Jose Sharks
The Sharks continue to get lucky breaks in Game 7’s. It is one of the reasons why they are still playing in the NHL playoffs. The St. Louis Blues have looked like a better hockey team in the playoffs up to this point. Jordan Binnington has played much better between the pipes than Martin Jones has up to this point. San Jose has better depth than St. Louis. With that being said, Vladimir Tarasenko has been silent for the Blues this entire postseason. Will he finally wake up? If not, they will be golfing. The pick: San Jose in 6.
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