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.