NHL Conference Finals

The Red Wings put up a good fight, but lost in tonight’s game 7.  San Jose won two of their games in overtime, and over the series the score was 18-18.  That’s about as close as you can get.  But now we’re down to four teams; here’s how it should shake out.

Boston – Tampa Bay: These are the 3rd and 5th seeds, but the 1st and last (well, tied for 7th) teams in terms of goal differential.  The Bruins are favored to win about 72% of the time.  Boston had a tough first round, but swept through the second.  Tampa did the same. Presumably Boston will make it through here fairly easily.

Vancouver – San Jose:  The 1 and 2 seeds are also the best two teams by differential in this case, which is something of a rarity for the NHL.  The Canucks have a 71% chance of winning the series.

If Boston and Vancouver both make it through, Vancouver will be favored in the Stanley Cup.  The other permutations would be Boston over San Jose and either Vancouver or San Jose over Tampa.

If the Thunder manage to finish off the Grizzlies tomorrow night, I’ll get the NBA predictions up.

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