Since Down Goes Spezza seems to have a mind crazy enough to work in these playoffs. We, the DGS brains, have decided that we are going to sort out this mess
Up first, we have the Western Conference Finals
#2 Chicago and #1 San Jose
San Jose Sharks
Pro: Have dynamic forwards such as Thornton, Heatley, Setoguchi and Marleau who can take over a game and own it.
Con: All of whom are due for their annual postseason choke job.
Pro: Have an experienced goalie in Evgeni Nabokov who played for Team Russia in the Olympics.
Con: And when the going got tough, he choked like the rest of the Sharks
Pro: This year's NHL playoff theme is "History will be made" which is possibly a sign that the Sharks will not choke for a change.
Con: This year's NHL playoff theme is "History will be made" which is possibly a sign that the Sharks will choke in a way so epic that the Bruins won't be remembered as the biggest chokers in 2010.
Chicago Black Hawks
Pro: Have a really versatile player in Dustin Byfuglien who can turn around a game as a shut down defense-man or power forward
Con: May be unable to actually get to the games because of his role in the pizza crawl.
Pro: Have a great set of defense-man such as Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Brian Campbell.
Con: It's also possible that Brian Campbell's lack of a collarbone could be a problem.
Pro: Goalie Antti Niemmi has a habit of swallowing pucks and keeping them out of the net.
Con: Of course, sometimes he also loses them altogether.
Real simple, Sharks choke, and Hawks in 6
#7 Flyers and #8 Canadiens
Pro: Totally own the size advantage over them midget Habs forwards
Con: Totally might have issues getting a puck past Halak.
Pro: Will get a momentum lift by getting Jeff Carter back from injury.
Con: Per league rules, will have a goaltender go down to injury as well.
Pro: Mike Leighton is amazing
Con: Mike Leighton has never been this far in the postseason before.
Pro: Have a set of skilled forwards who can turn a game around.
Con: They're still tiny!
Pro: Halak is an amazing goalie on a Cinderella run.
Con: Look how it turned out for him in the Olympics
Pro: Have shut down Ovechkin and Crosby and Malkin, the 3 best players in the league offensively.
Con: Never had to stop an attack as balanced as the Flyers.
The Flyers are far too balanced to get downed by the Habs, Flyers in 6. Montreal still riots anyway.