Welp, last night sucked if you followed my picks... 1 for 3 doesn't make you money, but back off because the Avalanche shit the bed and the Flyers forgot you need to score to win. Not my fault, dude. Anyway, with a heavy heart, I will move forward to round 2 because I'm a man of the people, and I know how much these blogs mean to you all.
Game 1 (and only): Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens - Line (Bruins -190)
I hate both teams equally, so this shouldn't be tough to be unbiased for. And they hate each other, too, so I guess it's a theme. I gotta say Bruins here for the series, in 5. I know the Bruins dropped 3 of 4 during the season to the Habs, but they did the same against Detroit and they overcame them in the playoffs, further proving that playoff hockey is a completely different beast. Not to mention that Boston wins like everything these days, so there's no way you can expect the same Bruin team that you saw during the regular season come playoff time.
When I look at the teams, I just see a more talented squad on the Bruins side throughout the roster. The first line of the Habs, with Vanek, Pacioretty and Desharnais, may be slightly better than the Bruins combo of Krejci, Lucic and Iginla, but after that the Habs thin out pretty substantially while the dropoff for the Bruins is very minimal. Look for Brad Marchand to snap his pointless streak in the playoffs tonight as he'll have a slightly easier go than the top guys.
Defensively it's a wash, I mean when you have guys like Subban for the Habs and Chara for the Bruins you can't really give an edge to either side, although I will say Doug Hamilton, the young rising star for the Bruins, has been awesome so far this playoffs and if he keeps it up he could be a difference maker.
Goaltending... hmm. Tuuka vs. Carey Price. I mean I just like Tuukka's name, so he gets points there, not to mention he's pretty spectacular this time of year, usually. Carey Price is no slouch himself, though, so I can't give either side an edge. Both guys had some regular season struggles, but both have looked solid thus far through round 1, so take your pick. Personally, I'll say Tuukka... because it's fun to say.
Tonight, I'm going Bruins. Home ice, big rivalry game, and a chance to start the series off with a statement. Given Boston's disgusting run of success over the last decade, I see no reason to think they don't jump at the opportunity to put the pressure on early in this series.
Pick - Boston -190