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Goldie & Moller: East/West Conference Final Picks

Tuesday, 05.8.2007 / 10:47 AM ET / News
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Goldie & Moller: East\/West Conference Final Picks
Moller's Picks

Detroit vs Anaheim


Once again, Goldie has been sniffing too much Pacific sea air, and is getting wrapped up climbing on the Ducks “bandwagon”. Although JS Giguere has been virtually flawless so far this playoff season, he is bound to give up a bad goal sooner or later. I like Dominik Hasek in this series. Experience matters, and the older Red Wings will show the young Ducklings just what playoff hockey is all about. Red Wings have home ice advantage and will utilize to perfection. Mike Babcock will out coach Randy Carlyle, Detroit’s super stars Pavel Datsyuk and Thomas Holmstrom will out-perform the Duck’s all-stars Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermeyer. Oh, and don’t be surprised if Teemu Selanne takes a “European Vacation” up against Norris Trophy candidate Nik Lidstrom. Expect a fast, physical series…….Ducks drown in the Pacific, Wings fly high!

Detroit in 7

 
Buffalo vs Ottawa

Ottawa is on a mission, Buffalo was lucky to get by the Rangers in round 2. This series will probably produce the eventual Stanley Cup winner. Senators possess the best line in hockey. The Heatley/Spezza/Alfredsson line has combined for 16 goals and 37 points so far through the first 2 rounds. They dominated Sid “the Kid” Crosby and the Penguins in the opening round series, and crushed the Devils in five games in round 2. Who can stop them? I like Buffalo’s mobile defense, led by Brian Campbell, but the Sabres have shown a disregard for team defense in this year’s playoffs, and rely on all out offense from Drury and Briere and company. Coach Lindy Ruff will lose what’s left of his blond locks over the next week and a half. The Sens' Ray Emery will be series MVP in goal, and the Boys from Lake Erie’s shore will “choke” on a chicken wing bone….

Ottawa in 6


Goldie's Picks

Here we are with the 2 best teams, clearly, in the West battling for a shot at the big prize. Anaheim and Detroit will likely play a thrilling series that will match the Wings' experience against the Ducks' young forwards. While Anaheim has playoff tested veterans like Chris Pronger, the Niedermayers, Teemu Selanne and goalie JS Giguere, he'll be a free agent by the way, it's been the young group up front that has been the difference. Emerging NHL stars Ryan Getlaf, Dustin Penner and Corey Perry outwork the opposition, play smart and wear the opponent down during playoff overtimes. The Ducks have made it look easy so far eliminating Minnesota and Vancouver in 5 games. In Detroit they face a team with much more offense than the previous 2 opponents. And the Red Wings have been through the wars before. Scoring defenseman Mattheiu Schneider is out and that will hurt. Chris Chelios is still solid but he's so old he played against Randy Moller! So did Dominick Hasek for that matter! It'll be a thrilling series but in the end the Ducks will prove to be too deep and win the series in 6.  Anaheim and Buffalo, the 2 best teams in the NHL will battle for the Stanley Cup. The coaches, Anaheim's  Randy Carlysle and the Sabres Lindy Ruff were honest, lunchpail defensemen and it's no coincidence the have their teams in this position. Buffalo and Anaheim have been knocking on the door and one will finally knock it down!

Anaheim in 6

Buffalo vs. Ottawa

The Eastern conference finals are set with the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators set to play for a shot at the Cup. The Sabres won one of the best playoff series in years against the Rangers. It was a 6 game thriller with the final 5 games decided by a goal. In game 5 New York led 1-0 with less than 10 seconds left. Buffalo's Chris Drury scored to tie it and the Sabres won in overtime. The winner of game 5 in a tied series wins the series 80 percent of the time and this was no exception. Game 6 was a thriller with the Sabres winning 5-4 at Madison Square Garden.

Ottawa enters the finals on a much different level as they breezed by the Devils in 5 games in the 2nd round. The Senators seem to be clicking in every facet of the game but their road has been filling with small speed bumps and nothing more. In the opening round Ottawa beat a defenseless Penguins and then took out the goalless Devils. Now, the Senators are stuck with the well balanced Sabres. Buffalo is on a mission after losing game 7 of the East finals last year. Ottawa has had its share of playoff failure over the years but they won't go down because of poor play this time around. The Sabres have the clutch Chris Drury and he will be the difference with a game 7 power play game winner! Sabres play for the Cup, beating Ottawa in 7.

Ottawa in 7

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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