We just learned the playoff match ups for the NHL’s North Division and they are good.
Montreal Canadians and Toronto Maple Leafs will face one another in the playoffs for the first time in 42 years. Then the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets will play one another in the playoffs for the first time ever (not counting the old Jets franchise).
Off the bat, I am going to watch every Leafs vs Habs game in this entire series. The two have been phenomenal to watch when they played one another this season. The last time they faced one another in the playoffs – back in 1979 – Montreal swept the Leafs in 4 games. I don’t think that is going to happen remotely in this one. The Leafs have gone 7-2-1 against the Habs this season. I think from a preliminary standpoint, not really looking at any stats (I’ll do a full blog when all the match ups are set and dated), the Leafs will beat the Habs in 6.
As for Edmonton and Winnipeg, they are going to be some high scoring games. This season Edmonton has held an impressive 8-2 record against the Jets. The Jets are a team that has never really wow’d me. They have some good players but I don’t particularly care for them or think they’ll kick ass all of a sudden in playoffs. But on the other hand, Edmonton can be so unpredictable that I just don’t trust them to hold steady through a series. Regardless, I’m going Edmonton in 7.
Regardless of how these series shake out, that’s a good set for the North Division. The playoffs are beginning sometime on or after May 19th because that is when the last regular season game is to be played. All of these franchises have deep history so watching them battle it out will be a hell of a time. Especially when they’ve the Leafs, Habs, and Oilers have won Stanley Cups after beating the team they’ll be facing in this round.
Playoffs are right around the corner so strap in for some even better highlights and upsets in this insane NHL season.
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