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My 2010 NHL Playoff Predictions

I always have sympathy for those people who like a certain game franchise that's a little under the radar but kinda criticized. Like... Star Ocean fans! They have a very devoted fan base, but it's somewhat less popular in the Americas compared to the Final Fantasies or what have you, and to outside eyes, there are some criticisms toward it. For me, hockey is by far the greatest sport ever. I have no idea why, but ever since my first game when I was a wee tike, I've been hooked on it. To that extent, if you like hockey, woohoo! If you don't, well, I'm sorry, I'm a huge fan of all sports, but this blog is about hockey. Namely, my predictions for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. One of my favorite things about hockey (although also one of it's biggest criticisms for some reason) is that in the playoffs, pretty much all teams in it have a chance to knock of any other team. Who knows why, but hockey sees so many upsets that they really aren't upsets anymore. Anyway, my predictions! I suppose this is kind of cheating since Game 1 of all but one of the series(s) has been played, but these predictions were from before then anyway. My thoughts:
Eastern Conference
Round 1:
(8) Montreal @ (1) Washington
Washington Wins 4-2 
I don't think the Caps are gonna sail through to the finals, mainly because I don't believe in Jose Theodore. He's a showy goaltender who has only been able to hold this "facade" of playing well because of the brilliant Capitals' defense. Unfortunately, in the playoffs, defense doesn't win, great goaltending does. That being said, the Caps will still overpower the Habs, but not in a straight sweep (well duh, Habs won game one). Montreal has a lot of heart, and no matter what they say, the Capitals still can't overlook their playoff woes of recent years. But Backstrom and Semin will tear down the Montreal defense, and Ovechkin will likely play a role in shutting the Habs down completely. Montreal will get one more win, but Washington's constant shot barrage will wither them down too much.
(7) Philadelphia @ (2) New Jersey
Philadelphia Wins 4-2 
Poor Brodeur. He's trending down so badly. To be perfectly frank, he's just... bad right now. And we can't overlook that Philadelphia took five of the six games against the Devils this season. Sure, the Flyers got in off a fluke (really, a crappy three-person shootout determined who got into the playoffs?? REALLY???) but they have an interesting goaltending option in Boucher who could be either great or horrible. I don't know why, but I just don't like New Jersey in this series--they don't match up well against the Flyers. And after that HORRENDOUS series last season against the Hurricanes, I think the Devils are starting to fall a bit into "Shark-syndrome."
(6) Boston @ (3) Buffalo
Buffalo Wins 4-1 
If ever a team could make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of one player, it's the Buffalo Sabres. They don't have Ovechkin, and they don't have Crosby: they have Ryan Miller, a goaltender who has been playing out of his mind the past few seasons and who now FINALLY has a somewhat competent offense in front of him to score goals. It's not the greatest offense, but it's enough. And Boston is, quite frankly, unstable. Rask has the ability to perform well in net, but this Boston team went through hell just to make the playoffs. Remember how this team won the President Trophy last year? Yeah... definitely not happening here. The scores of the games will likely make them seem closer than they actually are, but Buffalo takes the series itself easily.
(5) Ottawa @ (4) Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Wins 4-3 
This is the one series where I really just have no freaking idea. I honestly don't know what to say about Ottawa, they are such a sporadic team it's ridiculous. On paper, Pittsburgh, the defending Cup champion, should be able to sweep this. But something not right is happening in Penguin town. Marc-Andre Fleury is in a funk that he just can't seem to escape. Malkin is underachieving. Crosby... is playing at his best, which will help guide the Penguins to a series win. But this one will come down to the wire, and I really think the Penguins, who should win this easily, will only barely take it, specifically because of Fleury's poor play in net.
Round 2:
(7) Philadelphia @ (1) Washington
Washington Wins 4-1 
The Flyers may be able to fool New Jersey, but they can't fool the Caps. Yeah, I know, I just said the Caps won't breeze through this thing. But if this is their second round matchup, it'll be a blowout, simply because Philadelphia does not have the speed or manpower to keep Ovechkin and Semin in check, and with Washington's ability to control the puck, the Flyers will be desperate just to get shots on net. Granted, if they do, they're likely to go in with Theodore in net... but I still think the Caps win this one easily.
(4) Pittsburgh @ (3) Buffalo
Buffalo Wins 4-3 
Ryan Miller is better than Marc-Andre Fleury, and that is why the Sabres will knock off the Penguins. As good as Pittsburgh is in the playoffs, they're long series with Ottawa will wear them down too much, and Buffalo will simply out-man them. The Sabres have enough offense to put pucks past Fleury, and with home-ice advantage (lolwut) Buffalo should FINALLY be able to muscle their way into the Eastern Finals.
Eastern Finals:
(3) Buffalo @ (1) Washington
Buffalo Wins 4-3 
Miller will play out of his mind. He plays at his best when he's facing excessive amounts of shots, and that will no doubt be the case against Washington. He will stonewall them, frustrate them, and make them get greedy and make mistakes in the neutral zone. Buffalo will begin to put shots on net, and they will go in. Theodore won't be able to hold is ground, though by this point I expect we'll see Varlamov. Who cannot beat Ryan Miller. I expect Ovenchkin won't do so hot in this series either (or in the playoffs for that matter, though I have no support for that claim).
Western Conference 
Round 1
(8) Colorado @ (1) San Jose
Colorado Wins 4-2 
I wish I had said this before Game 1 happened, because this is what I felt all along, and NOBODY is picking Colorado to win this series. But come on. Colorado is young, yes, but if they get solid goaltending from Anderson, they will win this series. Look at the season series: it split 2-2, but the Avs scored more goals combined in the four games. And we all know how much pressure is on the Sharks from their inability to perform in the playoffs in recent years. The Avs are bustling with young energy and enthusiasm, and if they keep the Thornton line in check, they're golden. The Sharks just SUCK in the playoffs. They just do. They can give all the talk they want about how they've changed and such, but until they show up and blow out the Avs in a game, I won't believe it. And I don't think they will. Colorado wins the series on home ice.
(7) Nashville @ (2) Chicago
Chicago Wins 4-1 
No contest. The only reason why Nashville wins one game is because of shaky goaltending by Niemi. Or Huet. Or whoever Quenville puts in. They'll mess up for one game where Nashville's offense will finally be able to click, and then Tawes will go to work on the young goaltender of the Preds. Oh I know, "But the Predators played so well down the stretch!" Yeah, look at their schedule during that time. Chicago is just a complete team, aside from goaltending. They are essentially the Western equivalent of Caps, just with a tradeoff of slightly lower offense for slightly better goaltending (lolwut).
(6) Los Angeles @ (3) Vancouver
Vancouver Wins 4-3 
I think this will be the second best quarterfinal series. Vancouver is excellent. This is their best team they've had in a very long time, perhaps ever. Not only do they have the great Luongo, but they have a killer offense now to boot (again, lolwut). The Sedins are playing out of their minds, as is Samuelson. But... there's a slight problem. Just when the offense was FINALLY starting to click in Vancouver, there one UBER RELIABLE source is starting to fall. Luongo just is not playing as well as his past self. He's still good, but he's no longer great. You can see it in his approach--he just doesn't look comfortable in net anymore. And while the Kings' Johnathon Quick went under scrutiny during the end of the season, he has the potential to be a Gigure-type playoff force when he guided Anaheim to the cup. It's like Bill Clement said about Brodeur trending up and Roy trending down during the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals, only now it's about Quick and Luongo, respectively. Too bad the Kings don't have the offensive capability to keep up.
(5) Detroit @ (4) Phoenix
Phoenix Wins 4-3 
I wish this could be the Western Conference Final matchup, as right now, these are the two best teams. Alas, only one will move on to the semifinals, and that team is likely to win it all. Detroit is Detroit: they are healthy now, and thus are incredibly deadly, especially given their playoff track record. But Phoenix is playing hockey reminiscent of the Colorado Rockies three years ago when they made it to the World Series. They're having fun, and they have a hell of a lot of heart. Not to mention, they've got Ilya, who is playing his best goaltending ever and is MILES ahead of Jimmy Howard, no matter what anyone says, and they've got offensive capabilities (getting Wolski has worked wonders for them). This one is really a coin flip, but I like Phoenix just because of home-ice advantage. Just get rid of that stupid white-out thing Coyotes fans--it looks like you're support Detroit.
Round 2
(8) Colorado @ (2) Chicago
Chicago Wins 4-0 
My only predicted sweep. Colorado may be able to outgun the Sharks, but Chicago will not go down like that. Chicago will MANHANDLE the Avalanche, only because the Blackhawks team ALSO has a string of young guns who can keep up with the Colorado ones. Anderson will start to crack a little bit, and Chicago will just have far too much puck control and offensive prowess to drop even one game. But don't worry Avalanche nation, you got one playoff series upset under your belt! (I'm a member of said nation, p.s.)
(4) Phoenix @ (3) Vancouver
Phoenix Wins 4-2 
I like this series too. Both teams are quite evenly matched, so it comes down to me liking Bryzgala... Bryglao... Ilya much more than Luongo. A lot of one goal games in this one (not like that won't be the case in most of the series), but I think the Canucks will start to run out of gas before the Coyotes do. I like the Sedins over Shane Doan and Volski, but again, I think it'll come more down to goaltending.
Western Finals
(4) Phoenix @ (2) Chicago
Phoenix Wins 4-3 
Another awesome series. Phoenix gets to go up against the toughest competition in the league en route to their Stanley Cup appearance, but it's gonna happen thanks to Ilya being WAY better in net than whoever is playing for Chicago at that time, and because the Coyotes players will actually be able to keep up with the Blackhawks'. Sorry Tawes, but you're gonna give the Cubbies one more chance to grab a title before your team does.
Stanley Cup
Buffalo Sabres @ Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Wins 4-2
I don't know why, but I just don't see this one being that close. I don't think the Sabres are the best team in the Eastern Conference, but I think they'll get here because of Ryan Miller. Yet I don't think Miller can stop the Coyotes. And after beating up on Detroit AND Vancouver AND Chicago, I think Phoenix, who will certainly be running out of steam at this point, will be able to pull it together and topple the Sabres. Specifically because it will be the first time Buffalo will be up against an [almost] equally strong goaltender. And with the offensive capabilities that the Coyotoes can put together, Phoenix may just get its Cinderella story.


Annoying BS #2: Xbox Hard Drive Transfer Kit

Rarer than a 1st Edition Charizard.
Rarer than a 1st Edition Charizard.

Now I realize that Microsoft does a lot of stupid things, specifically with hardware. But this one completely boggles my mind. We all know that the hard drive issue with the 360 is complete extortion--having to pay $30 for 512 MB of memory is ridiculous, and having to pay close to $100 for 120 GB? I could get an external hard drive over one tetrabyte for that price. But, seeing as I was completely out of space on my 20 GB hard drive, I decided I had no choice but to upgrade my console to an Elite and a 120 GB space. You would THINK that Microsoft would then attempt to compensate for that by offering some easy way to transfer all of my content from my old hard drive: not the case. 
Now I have no problem with the actual transfer kit itself. It's a bit clunky and cumbersome, and unnecessarily requires a PC (why can't I just transfer all my files through Live or something?), but at least it works as it's meant to. But explain to me WHY it's such a hassle just to get a hold of the damn thing. I can't imagine that people upgrading their hard drives is THAT rare of a concept, especially with the influx of games that have of come in this past year. Why can I not just go into a Best Buy and buy this off the shelf as if it were a wireless controller or microphone? Now, at least Microsoft had the decency [at one point] to offer the product for free if people could prove that they had upgraded their system, but that has since been revoked. You can still order the kit through them, but you have to pay for it, and worst of all wait four to six weeks for it to arrive. Preposterous. So instead what I did was order it on Ebay. But guess what, the kit isn't even an American product--it has to be imported directly from Hong Kong. Why the HECK does this need to happen? Doesn't the Xbox fail on that side of the world anyway? This should be a product I can just walk in and buy and get out, not some major complicated thing that I need to research extensively to get a hold of.  

Gaming Update:

 Finished five-starring all of the songs in DJ Hero on Medium. Quite easy. Tried a few songs on Hard, the difficulty curve seems to spike ridiculously--five starred the first couple songs, then bombed the others with three stars. But I guess that's how Guitar Hero was too. Picked up Mass Effect again to try to get into it... got a little further in, but still not into the gameplay really at all. The story and characters and dialogue are amazing, it's just the actual GAMEPLAY sections that I'm not a fan of. Also, reached Level 8 with Neutral and Bad Karma in Fallout 3, which means I have completed all Achievements [except the Mothership Zeta ones, which I've yet to download] in that game! I'll download Mothership Zeta soon, complete those, and have my first legit game in which I got all of the achievements. Sweet. I'll be away from games now for a good week while I'm at Disneyworld with my family for Thanksgiving. Hopefully when I get back the STUPID TRANSFER KIT that was supposed to be here five days ago will have finally arrived. I want to play on my Elite already. Also, Mod Nation Racers... more and more excited with each day.

Annoying BS #1: Slow Walkers

My biggest annoyance when I was in high school was always when kids, generally the Freshmen, would just stand right in the middle of the hallway

For the love of God.
For the love of God.
and  talk to their friends. We had a fairly large school, and only five minutes to get from one class to another, so having to pinball our way around them all was always a complete pain. And now, living in New York City and having to walk everywhere, it boggles my mind when people walk slower than the traffic. I understand that some people are older or have leg problems or whatever, that's fine, but for the everyday Joe six-packs out there, why the HELL do you not only feel the need to walk incredibly slow in front of me, but also swerve all over the damn place so that everytime I try to walk past you, you end up stepping right back in front of me. Then by the time I DO get past you I do one of those loud pissed off sighs and then nobody's happy. 
I just don't understand the point of walking slowly. Are you attempting to take in the scenery around you and enjoy the air outside? Okay, fair enough, but then why the HELL are you doing it on a nasty street polluted with hundreds of people trying to get around you? Do it in a park or something where there's an open area for you to walk as slow as your heart wishes, but the rest of us have places to be and want to waste as little time as possible in transition from one place to another. Yes, it is sad that our society has evolved to the point of us having to do things extremely fast and blah blah blah. Deal. IF you are going to walk slow, then be like a car on the highway and hog the right side of the sidewalk. And DO NOT MOVE FROM THAT POSITION. As long as I can breeze right past you, it's fine. But DO NOT SWERVE AROUND WHILE WALKING. I have a brain, I know how to walk past you, you do not have to attempt to compensate by trying to move out of my way because you're just going to end up moving in front of me. Or, just do yourself a favor and walk faster in the first place.  

Gaming Update: 

Finished Modern Warfare 2's campaign on Veteran yesterday--that's already the third time I've gone through it completely (the first time on Hardcore, the second time for all of the Intel, and then this time on Veteran). I agree with what practically everyone is saying, it was extremely easy--I actually died less than my first run on Hardcore--but it was never enfuriating like Modern Warfare 1's campaign was. I still haven't (and probably will never) gotten through that on Veteran. Also am in the process of finishing up 5 starring every mix in DJ Hero on Medium. The game's great fun, and the songs are awesome, but now that I'm finishing up all the mixes it's becoming more and more obvious how much they recycled a lot of the songs into separate mixes that sound very similar to one another. Also played Pure for the first time yesterday, and that was pretty fun. There's a lot of stuff about ATVs in it that I don't understand, but the actual racing portions were awesome. I'm still waiting on my freaking hard drive transfer kit in the mail so that I can start playing on my new Elite--it's been over a week. Why can I not just walk into a Best Buy or something and pick this up? Hmm, perhaps a subject for next time?