In the inaugural 24-team NHL playoff, the Pittsburgh Penguins will make it to the Eastern Conference Finals to face off against the Boston Bruins. The Prince of Wales Trophy is the prize, but it’s not the one that is wanted to most. The bigger prize is up next, but for Pittsburgh, they will have to get through Boston first.
Boston took a 2-1 season series victory from the Penguins this year, only losing once and on the road. The Penguins will be the lower seed once more, fighting their way up but playing the majority of it on the road. Not a good option in this one, but it’s what they will need to overcome if they want a shot at Lord Stanley.
Hopefully, by this point, the Penguins will still be healthy and kicking on all cylinders because they will need it. Boston has just been a dominant force this year, and they know it. They were over the 100 point mark before the season was canceled and with 12 games still to play—the definition of dominance in any language.
Predicting the Penguins and entire Eastern Conference during the playoffs
The Penguins healthily perused through Montreal on their way to Philly. In Philly, they played good, hard hockey and won the state of Pennsylvania en route to the south of them and Washington. Once there, they took down a hated foe in seven thrilling matchups, leaving them here.
The Bruins are neither the Canadiens, Flyers, or Capitals; they are a sincerely dominant team out to win it all. However, winning the President’s Trophy during the regular season has been a curse in the past, and it will be an issue once more this playoff season. Come on, and you didn’t think I would pick against the Penguins, did you?