Here's a recap of the Semifinals so you can witness the demolition of Allison in the points department. It isn't pretty. Unless you're me.
NUGS vs. ALLISON, ROUND 2:
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS over OTTAWA SENATORS
Was this really a question? I know Allison is Canadian and everything, but I don't particularly like the Pens either and even I saw this coming (that's what she said). Anderson is an incredible goalie, but even he wound up getting pulled in favor of Pittsburgh's formidable four lines. This was barely a series.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS over DETROIT REDWINGS
I knew this would go to seven games, but the series itself was thrilling to watch. Chicago won, then Detroit came back to triumph three times in a row. The Hawks, who had been struggling and quite frankly playing beneath themselves, returned to take the last three. It was intense, and Chicago fans were no doubt left with a nail-biting Semifinals. The Hawks, however, came out on top, and Allison and I both gained another point.
LOS ANGELES KINGS over SAN JOSE SHARKS
This was an easy series to call, but it lasted a bit longer than either of us (and possibly anybody) expected. With a sweep of Vancouver and an impressive three wins against LA, the Sharks may be ones to watch next year.
QUARTERFINALS POINTS TALLY:
NUGS 9, ALLISON 6
This does not look good for the Canadian. In our blogs or the NHL. (BURN!)
NUGS vs. ALLISON, ROUND 3:
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS vs. STUPID BOSTON BOO-URNS
NUGS: PENS over BRUINS in 6
Please. Like I would actually pick Boston (and Chara) to win anything. Fail.
Also now I kind of have to secretly go for the Penguins because I just realized that Left Wing James Neal looks uncannily like Iron Man, which I was dumb enough to actually tell him. It's not just me, either- people that know us are also struck by the resemblance.
I'm still technically anonymous, so I won't post Iron Man's picture here, but I will put in a photo of Neal so you can see my predicament. So now not only is Iron Man's team officially better than mine, and could potentially win the Cup, but he's practically a mirror image of one of the most talented guys on the ice.
ALLISON: PENS over BRUINS
Funny enough the four teams with the chance to win the Cup have each won it once in the past four seasons.
Editor's Note: Truth. Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston and LA have all just earned the Cup in the past four years, in that particular order.
I think Shitsburgh will win - and I say this without any bias. I might hate Boston, but I honestly believe they won't beat the Penguins.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
NUGS: KINGS over HAWKS in 7
This one was tougher because both of these teams could easily contend for the Cup. Chicago has incredible forwards and are coming off of a President's Trophy win. Both the Kings and the Hawks are pretty evenly matched in their offense and defense, and both of their goalies have a scary postseason GAA (LA's Jonathan Quick has a 1.50; Chicago's Corey Crawford is just under that at 1.70).
However, the Hawks' struggles against the Wings in the Semifinals have shown that once again, once the playoffs roll around, the regular season means nothing. Quick is looking to extend his status (AHAHAHA. "Extend.") as an elite goaltender with a repeat Cup win, and this will help LA advance to the Cup finals just over Chicago in 7.
ALLISON: HAWKS over KINGS
Chicago is just a talented team. Yes, they surprisingly stumbled against Detroit, but they pulled it together in the end. The trouble with the Red Wings series was that Detroit was playing like they had nothing to lose and it almost worked in their favour. If Chicago brings out their strong forwards and has tighter goaltending against LA they should win it.
Also, I want to see my NHL boyfriend Jonathan Toews kiss that cup again. If it can't be the Habs, I'd be happy with the President's Trophy winners to get it.
Editor's Note: I'll still take James Neal since I've changed the locks on Lundqvist. Also I just realized that sometimes he looks like Aladdin.
Now it's bothering me.
Since I'm so late on this, the Finals have already began, and I'm well on my way to being completely wrong. Oops. At least I'll have a(nother) excuse to drink.
Those were our predictions for the Conference Finals of the 2013 NHL postseason. As always, feel free to agree with us in the comments, unless you root for the Bruins. Then you don't count.