Before we kick into the next round, how did I do in the first found?
Canucks in Six, Canucks won in Seven
Sharks in Five, Sharks won in Six
‘Yotes in Seven, Red Wings won in Four
Ducks in Six, Predators won in Six
Caps in Six, Caps in Five
Flyers in Six, Flyers in Seven
Bruins in Five, Bruins in Seven
Lightning in Seven, Lightning in Seven
Perfect for winner of the series in the East and got the Bolts-Pens series dead on, while I went 50% in the West and was upset by the Red Wings and Predators
One last kudos to Teemu Selanne who lead the first round with six goals and who knows if the flash will be back in the NHL next season.
So without further adieu, here are my second round predos:
(1) Vancouver Canucks vs (5) Nashville Predators
While I was surprised that Nashville dealt with Anaheim so easily, I wasn’t surprised by the Canucks overcoming their daemons to get past the Chicago Blackhawks. That being said, I was impressed with the work ethic of the Predators and am less than impressed with the Sedin twins and the play of Roberto Luongo.
Pekka Rinne will be looked to by his team mates to continue his stellar play, but if Luongo finds his game then the backstoppers will be quite evenly matched.
This series will be another battle and the Canucks will need to dig deep to match the hard hitting, gritty Predators who dealt with a talented Ducks team with ease.
The key to this series will be the Sedin twins waking up and the third and fourth lines of the Canucks continuing to battle hard every shift.
Key Player(s): Sedin Twins, they need to score or else he Canucks are saying seeya later to the playoffs.
My Prediction? Canucks beat the Predators in Six, but drop the first game.
(2) San Jose vs (3) Detroit Red Wings
With the San Jose Sharks still battling to get rid of their ‘choke specialists’ tag, the veteran and experienced Detroit Red Wings continue to do what they do best: Win in the playoffs.
The aged Red Wings dealt with the ‘Yotes easily and have had enough time to get their old bodies healthy for the next round and that’s something the Sharks don’t want.
Datsyuk was a stud in the first round and this team is once again built for the playoffs, not to mention Jimmy Howard has grown into a reliable goalie behind a strong defensive unit.
On the other side of the ice, there is an unproven group of super talented players that continue to battle their past in the playoffs.
Antti Niemi may have won a cup last year but he didn’t’ exactly steal many games, he had more than a few goals put past him against he Kings and is the clear weakness in this San Jose team.
I’d love to see the Sharks meet the Canucks in the Western Finals but unless Joe Thornton throws the team on his back and scores a hat-trick a game, they will find it hard pressed to get past Hockey Town.
Key Player: Leaning on their experience, Nicklas Lidstrom will need to lead by example and get his team past a talented San Jose side.
My Prediction? Detroit is too much to handle, they win in Six
(1) Washington Capitals – (5) Tampa Bay Lightning
A matchup of two of the best shooters in the game with Ovechkin and Stamkos squaring off in this series, but it may just come down to goaltending once again.
Old man time is no issue for Dwayne Roloson and he will look to continue his strong post-season play and hope that other veterans Vincent LEcavalier, Martin St. Louis and Mattias Ohlund can drive their team past a locked-and-loaded Capitals team.
Down the other end of the ice, it’s Bruce Boudreau’s defence-first Capitals who are showing a new side and allowed just 8 goals in the first round against the Rangers.
The usual suspects will need to get it done for the Captials, reline on NIcklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green to get the job done.
Key Player? Alexander Semin will need to score goals and keep converting the chances that Ovechkin is setting up for him.
My prediction? Tampa Bay will battle hard but the Capitals are on a mission and are all business this post-season, Caps win in Five
(2) Philadelphia Flyers – (3) Boston Bruins
The Bruins enter the series after winning an emotional series against Montreal but still have a lot to prove.
A historic collapse against the Flyers in last years playoffs will be in their minds as they face a team injected with a healthy Chris Pronger but plagued by inconsistent goaltending.
After using three goalies, all looking horrible at times, the Flyers will hope to get solid play between the pipes to compete with the perennial maverick Tim Thomas, who let in a few soft goals himself in the first series.
This will be the best series in the second round and will be an all out battle; whether it is Chara vs Pronger, Horton vs Briere, Lucic vs Hartnell or Thomas vs whoever stays in the Flyers net the longest.
Key Player: As usual, this Flyers team lives and breathes by the example set by Chris Pronger and will rely on the wily veteran’s example to win this series.
My prediction? Flyers in Seven, with at least three of the games going to overtime.
Agree? Disagree? Think i’m crazy? That’s fine, chime in with your 2-Cents below in the comments section and let us know your predictions and thoughts for the second round of the playoffs.
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