It’s that exciting time of the year when NHL hockey gets turned up a notch in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In case you needed to be pumped up for the playoffs to begin (not sure why you would) but hey, here’s a video that’ll get you pumped up at your desk mid-day on a Wednesday.
Here’s a few articles I came across the past couple days to help give a quick guide to the playoffs:
ESPN: Power Rankings
USA Today: First Round Predictions
Sports Illustrated: Why each playoff team will win the Stanley Cup—and why it won’t
CBS Sports Bold Predictions: 2017 NHL playoffs: Penguins’ demise among five bold first-round predictions
I had this article passed along by one of my Kitchen buddies this morning, it’s a Players Tribune article from Rangers Center Kevin Hayes. It’s pretty cool to read about playing in New York from a players perspective and Hayes is a player I’ll pull for even though I’m not a Rangers fan. I especially liked his quote for the fans:
So, before we get going on this journey, I want to let Rangers fans know something: I’ll fight for every puck and every goal this playoffs. All of us will.
Here’s a link to the schedule of the first round games and below you’ll find the picks by “The Kitchen”, my group of friends and avid sports fans below. I’ve modeled the first round pick structure for “The Kitchen” after ESPN’s recent article by their NHL experts. We’ll meet up each round to provide our predictions for the next round of games.