NHL Roundup (4.3.14)

Today’s NHL Roundup is going to be done a little differently.

Since baseball season has been gearing up I almost forgot that hockey season was still going on. Almost.

In the East, Boston has won the Atlantic Division. No big surprise there but Tampa Bay and Montreal are still in the playoffs from that division. Personally, I doubt that the either the Lightning or the Canadiens can take the Bruins on.

The Metropolitan Division is still up for grabs but it is likely that Pittsburgh will be winning that division.

In the West, the Central Division is going to be close. St. Louis leads the division in points but Colorado and Chicago are not far behind them. I am hoping that the Blackhawks pick up the pace and wind up pulling ahead.

The Pacific Division could also be just about anybody’s to win. Anaheim, San Jose, and Los Angeles are fighting for first place. This division is even closer than the Central Division.

As far as who the leaders are Sidney Crosby of the Penguins leads the NHL in points, followed by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both from Anaheim. Alex Ovechkin of Washington is leading the NHL in Goals while the league leader in Assists is the aforementioned Sidney Crosby.

Josh Harding of Minnesota leads the NHL in Goal Against Average with 1.66. Harding also leads the league with a Save Percentage of .933. The goalie with the most wins, however, falls to Semyon Varlamov from Colorado.

Here is a list of the top 9 teams in ESPN’s NHL Power Rankings:

  1. Boston Bruins
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. Colorado Avalanche
  4. Anaheim Ducks
  5. Los Angeles Kings
  6. Montreal Canadiens
  7. San Jose Sharks
  8. Pittsburg Penguins
  9. Chicago Blackhawks

Here are my own personal picks:

In the East, I am okay with Boston winning the Atlantic Division but I am hoping that Pittsburgh ends up winning the Conference title.

In the West, I of course want Chicago to take the Central Division but if they don’t make it I am absolutely okay with St. Louis winning and going on to the Western Conference finals. In the Pacific Division, out of the 3 fighting for that division I’d have to go with Los Angeles because I really dislike the Ducks. If the Ducks win it, which they probably will, I hope the Blues smash them in the Conference Finals.

As far for the Stanley Cup Finals, if it comes down to Boston and St. Louis, I would probably just have to go with St. Louis.

But we will see how things turn out in the upcoming weeks.

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