In all honesty, I’d like to say that my playoff predictions for the first round were way off base, especially the Leafs-Bruins series, but they didn’t stray to far from reality for the Eastern Conference at least. I might have erred on the length of each series, but I did successfully predict every outcome.
The Western Conference, however, proved more elusive. Apart from the Chicago-Minnesota series – which I’m sure everyone predicted accurately – I got every series wrong. I still cannot believe that the Canucks were swept at the hands of the Sharks and I thought Jonathan Quick’s struggles during the regular season would surely sink the Kings come playoffs. Anaheim was my favourite to ultimately win the West, but Detroit had different thoughts.