Predictions Made by Frank Fleming on May 24, 2004 at 10:45 pm EST
2004 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
Stanley Cup Finals
Lightning in 5
The Lightning started off the playoffs a house on fire as they lost just 1 game in the first two rounds, while the Flames got stronger as the playoffs went on knocking off all 3 Division Winners in the West. The Flames were tested early needing a Game 7 overtime goal to beat the Vancouver Canucks in the first round while the Lightning survived a 7-game war with the Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference Finals. The Flames have been great on the road and shaky at home while the Lightning have played well at home and on the road. Its been nearly a week since the Flames last played at that could halt their momentum while the Lightning last played Saturday, which is the perfect rest time look for the Lightning to get off to a fast start winning the first two games at home, as the series shifts to Calgary the Flames will get an initial boost by Tampa will steal one of two and will return home for Game 5 where they will douse the Flames in 5 games raising the Stanley Cup as Calgary castoff Martin St. Louis has a big series to win the Conn Smythe.