One is a no-brainer, even for an aging hockey hack.
The other, I am going with the underdog.
My first-round, Ontario Hockey League playoff predictions for Soo Greyhounds-Saginaw Spirit and North Bay Battalion-Kingston Frontenacs, are as follows.
The two teams weren’t close during the Western Conference regular season, with the first-place Greyhounds finishing 49 points ahead of the eighth-seeded Spirit.
This series should not be close, either.
The Greyhounds are better up front, on defence and between the pipes — much better.
In fact, the Greyhounds could bring back the forgettable Don Boyd to coach this series and they would still win.
Not only do the Hounds sweep this series but they do so in resounding fashion, out-scoring the Spirit by a four-to-one margin.
The third-place Battalion out-distanced the sixth-seeded Frontenacs by 13 points during the Eastern Conference regular season and will have home-ice advantage in this series.
But as much as I like North Bay — the town and the team — I can’t shake the notion that led by workhorse goalie Lucas Peressini and hot-shooter Sam Bennett, Kingston is going to win its first playoff series since 1998.
Frontenacs in six.
PHOTO: Kingston Frontenacs goalie Lucas Peressini. (Photo by Kingston Whig-Standard.)