I apologize for the lack of site updates! The main page is still a few days away from being updated, as I've invested in a new laptop, and it's currently lacking the software I need to upload/update. Hockeyleaks.com is here, however, to help you win your playoff pools. Last year, through the first two rounds of the playoffs, Hockeyleaks.com went a very impressive 11-1. Lets go for 12-0! We'll start with the Eastern Conference preview, tomorrow we'll cover the west.
(1) Montreal vs. (8) Boston
Statistics don't lie, and that's not good news for Boston. Montreal went 8-0 against the Bruins during the regular season, and outplayed them in all eight games. For Montreal to even think about losing this game, Carey Price has to show that he is a rookie, something he's yet to do. Tim Thomas will steal one of the games, but it won't be enough to get Boston out of the first round.
Hockeyleaks.com prediction: Montreal in 5
(2) Pittsburgh vs. (7) Ottawa
No team has slid further down the standings like the Sens have. Their recent struggles, combined with their recent injuries, and there is little chance the Sens can escape the first round. The Penguins are very young, and lack the playoff experience the Sens have, but even so, Ottawa has too many questions, and not enough answers. The Penguins will need good goaltending, but that has shockingly not been a surprise in the second half of the season.
Hockeyleaks.com prediction: Pittsburgh in 6
(3) Washington vs. (6) Philadelphia
This is my favourite series in the East by far. Washington won the trade deadline, and are now sitting with home ice in the playoffs. The Flyers battled hard the last month to keep their spot, and now we have what should be the most exciting eastern playoff series in the first round. Ovechkin is going to win the Hart, and his production shouldn't slow down now that he's made the big dance for the first time in his career. With that said, the Flyers are a better all around team, and should be able to hold off the surging caps. This one could go either way, but I like Philly's chances.
Hockeyleaks.com prediction : Philly in 7
(4) New Jersey vs. (5) NYR
The Devils will go into this as the favourite for two reasons: home ice, and martin brodeur. I am taking the Rangers for one reason: Scott Gomez. This guy has something to prove, leaving New Jersey after having so much success there. He wants to show that he made the right decision, and will be playing his heart out to make sure the Rangers get by the Devils. Lundqvist isn't bad himself, don't forget.
Hockeyleaks.com prediction : Rangers in 6
Tomorrow, the West. Hopefully I can get some software on this laptop ASAP.