The out of town scoreboard is getting slimmer and slimmer, as there are only two series remaining, and four teams left in the National Hockey League that are still playing.
June 1st marks the day that both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals begin. The Los Angeles Kings face off against the Chicago Blackhawks to try and be the first team to repeat since the Detroit Red Wings. On the East Coast, the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins will fight to see who earns the right to bring the Stanley Cup back to the East.
How are our writers fairing in our bracket busting contest?
Andrew has Chicago and Pittsburgh in the finals – with Chicago prevailing. He also had Washington and Anaheim as the other conference finalists – so he has a 50/50 shot of getting a team into the final round.
Our copy editor Kevin has the same final pairing, but with Pittsburgh lifting Lord Stanley. Again, only a fifty-fifty shot at getting a team into the final round, as Kevin has conference finalists listed as Chicago and Anaheim, and Pittsburgh and Montreal.
Cory has the Eastern Conference matchup set, with Pittsburgh facing Boston – and half the West, with St. Louis prevailing over Chicago. He still has Pittsburgh picked as the overall winner, so their is slim hope for Cory.
Travis has slim hope as well, might as well nickname these two as Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller. Travis had Washington facing Pittsburgh, and Chicago facing St. Louis with a Chicago over Washington Final. Barely holding on there Travis.
With even slimmer hope, the only teams Caitlin has left in the bracket is Los Angeles and Boston. She had them fairing agianst the Red Wings, and in the East Washington. Los Angeles beating Boston in six games.
AJ continues to share his immense hockey knowledge in the bracket challenge, successfully picking all four Conference finalists properly. He has the West wrapping up in six games and the East going seven, with Chicago beating Pittsburgh for the Cup. Will his luck continue?
Chicago remains my only hope – I had Boston in the final four as well, but I was hoping the New York Rangers would see the Stanley Cup Finals.
How is your NHL bracket looking?