Monday, May 30, 2011
Stanley Cup Finals 1011 Playoff Probabilities and Predictions
It all comes down to this.
The best team in the West against the best team in the East.*
For the 6th straight year, the Western representative appears to be the stronger team. That's not really surprising - the West has had the better interconference record in every season since 1999-00, and often by a large margin.
I think Vancouver is clearly the better team here and that, if anything, the odds I've presented above understate their chances. That said, these two teams are close enough to one another where it should be a good series.
I'll take the Canucks to win in six games.
VAN in 6.
*As per my probability model. It's possible - perhaps even likely in Boston's case - that neither team is the best team in its respective conference. For what it's worth, I'd take a healthy Pittsburgh team over Boston all day every day. But I digress.