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Second-round playoff predictions

Posted on: April 28, 2009 10:40 pm
 

I got one of the conference semifinal series right. Don't take that as an indication of how accurate how I'll be in the next around (please).

Western Conference semis

No. 1 Detroit vs. No. 8 Anaheim: Prior to the playoffs, the Ducks had everything but the goaltending -- experience, size, scoring and speed.  Now they've got the goaltending too as Jonas Hiller proved in the opening round against San Jose.

How's the view Joe Thornton?

The Ducks are just getting warmed up. Anaheim in seven.

No. 4 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver: You've got to love the kids. The Blackhawks are the youngest and hottest team in playoffs. This is how the old Canadiens used to hit and skate.

Vancouver was overvalued in the first round because St. Louis has trouble scoring against everybody. Luongo will face quality shots, and many of them. This will be a long, bitter series that goes to the Hawks in six.


Eastern Conference semis

No. 1 Boston vs. No. 6 Carolina: Hey, I got one right. Boston smoked Montreal. Carolina pulled a shocker in Jersey. At least early on, you've got to like the Hurricanes' momentum. They will steal a game in Boston, but eventually the B's size and puck-moving ability will take over.

In what might be the best series of the playoffs, the hits and goals just keep on coming. It's run-and-gun for seven games with Boston getting to the conference finals.

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh: Forget what I said about Boston-Carolina being the best series. When Sergei Federov scored late against the Rangers that made this a classic. The best hockey talent on the planet will be in one series -- Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, Semin, Federov, Green and the new kid Varlamov.  This would make a heck of a final. Unfortunately, it will only produce a conference finalist.

Washington rolls better lines more consistently. It's a case of goaltending and I believe young Varlamov will make like young Dryden. Washington in seven.

 

Comments

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2009 12:46 pm
 

Second-round playoff predictions

I don't see that happening. Your journey stops here.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2009 2:01 pm
 

Second-round playoff predictions

They will steal a game in Boston, but eventually the B's size and puck-moving ability will take over.
Heard a lot about the superior size of the Devils winning out over the Hurricanes, but we wore them down with our depth, team speed, and skating ability.  We'll do the same thing with Boston.


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