Hodgepode – Podge’s Round Three NHL Playoff Predictions

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Podge’s Round Three NHL Playoff Predictions

Earlier this month I boldly (nice word for foolishly) predicted the outcomes of the first round of the Stanley Cup finals. My crystal ball was working well as I correctly guessed the results of seven of the eight series. (My beloved Leafs fell.)

Round Two was not as impressive when I split the prediction accuracy down the middle. I correctly said Vegas Knights would continue their Cinderella story magic and eliminate San Jose, and that Tampa Bay would defeat Boston.

I wrongfully predicted Nashville edging Winnipeg in an, “intense, closely contended, fast and physical series. Whichever club actually captures this series will represent the West in the final round and could win all the marbles.”

I also predicted Pittsburgh dumping Washington in six.

I’ll shake off the hurt, and boldly skate forward with Third Round Predictions:

In the Western Division expect Winnipeg to finally burst the Vegas dream bubble edging the Knights in six games.

In the Eastern battle Tampa will slip by Washington in seven high-scoring, end-to-end games.

Tampa will defeat Winnipeg in six games to win the Stanley Cup.

(In my perfect world, Vegas or Winnipeg will win the mug.)

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.

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