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My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 4:29 pm
 
I cheated. OK, not in the SEC sense but, still, issuing my second-round predictions one game into the second round is either lazy or underhanded.

I choose lazy, but, hey, I was working. You try covering the BCS meetings and have enough energy left for the playoffs. Anyway, here they are Lord Stanley. Only eight teams left to chase your cup. These are the four that will advance to the next round of the best tournament in sports. FYI, I was 6-2 in the first round.


Western Conference

No. 1 seed Vancouver vs. No. 5 Nashville: Yes, I know the Canucks already lead the series 1-0 after a 1-0 win over the Predators. Further evidence that Vancouver is renewed after a narrow escape against Chicago in the first round. Watch for Bobby Luo to dominate and the Sedin Bros. to wake up. Vancouver in six

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 3 Detroit: I had to look twice when I realized that San Jose finished above Detroit and thus has home-ice advantage. The Sharks are habitual underachievers in the playoffs. The Wings dispatched Phoenix with such impunity; it's hard not to pick them in this round especially with revenge at stake. San Jose won in five last season. This time, Detroit in five.



Eastern Conference

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay: Bruce Boudreau has taken the most entertaining team in hockey and turned it into a dump-and-chase squad. And it is wonderful. Washington can dictate tempo against any team it plays right now. You want to play close-checking? Done. You want to go up-and-down? We've already seen how that works. Lots of talent on the ice. More grit in the Caps' room. Washington in six.

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 3 Boston: At some point Philly's goalie-go-round is going to catch up to the Flyers. It didn't last year in going to the finals and it didn't in the first round against Buffalo but someday soon, my friends, it will. Especially with Tim Thomas at the other end. Boston in seven.
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:57 pm
 

My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

Dodd is worse than Prisco Pete. The Sharks, Lightning and Bruins are up 2-0 which is contrary to what Dodd had "predicted". Dodd reminds me of the character George on the show Seinfeld. When George says and does one thing the opposite argument or action would be the correct one to take.

 




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:55 pm
 

My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

Will... I always like to see two of the Original-6 in the Final... but I am hoping to see the Canucks in the Final myself.  The Red Wings, as much as I am not a fan of them, have to be respected for what they do every year... they simply show you what talent and heart looks like when it's combined.
   Still, I think that the Canucks are too strong (if they play up to their potential).  They are a fantastic hockey team... they are the Blackhawks of last year.  No, not directly with a comparison of players, but they are just the team I see as the best overall, with the most talents in the most areas of the game, like I thought Chicago was last year.

      Of course, if it's a Boston - Detroit final, I am still in excellent stead with my Kenaston SuperDraft picks and my Linwood Lions picks [both big pools via the internet up here in Canada... eh!  ;-)   ]



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:50 pm
 

My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

"um...Heatley--Marleau--Thorno
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on haven't played together all year dude.---ever watched a sharks game?"

   RAW70]  Not even on a Powerplay, huh????   Not once all year, huh???  This trio should score at will on the PP, or any time.  Instead, it illuminated to me that Thornton is one of the, if not the #1, most over-rated player in the NHL.  Wow!  60-odd points this year for Thornton.  Was that Shawn Thornton?  I no longer wonder why Boston traded "Jumbo-Disappointment Joe".
    I had Thornton on my Fantasy Team this year (damned auto-draft).  I also took used the FA market in that same Fantasy League to pick up Niemi and Nittymaki as I thought they would surely get some wins on that team, and we had to have at least 2 goalie starts per week (I auto-drafted Luongo in the first round, but needed secondary goaltending).

   So, to answer your question:  I tried desperately not to watch any Sharks games this year, but I was interested in their results.  And what I discovered is that only Sharks fans believe in Thornton... all 10 of them!  :-)

    I do not cheer for any team remaining in this year's playoff picture as my team is desperately in need of major improvement.  I just think that I would be comfortable betting on the Red Wings because they always perform well... and I would not bet on the Sharks even if you gave me 20 - 1 odds, because they never perform well!  And when your team plays more poorly than expected, you must look to their best players:  Thornton - Heatley - and Marleau... and I can not make sense of how a top-2 line on Team Canada can not know how to play in the playoffs...





Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 6:05 pm
 

My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

Nicely done D. Dodds...I agree 100% with your picks for round 2. I hope your correct  Wings in 5 would be great, but it might go 6 or 7. I think Boston will take care of Philly in 5. Differant ideas but the same results. Ive been waiting for ever for a Detroit Boston finals...What's your take on that happening?




Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 6:04 pm
 

My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

um...Heatley--Marleau--Thornoton haven't played together all year dude.
Yeah, in the olympicsthey did, and last year sometimes---ever watched a sharks game?



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:51 pm
 

My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

I have to agree on all of the Series winners, though I might disagree on a couple of the number of games in a series.

  Vancouver vs. Nashville - I'll say Vancouver in 5.  Nashville is essentially a team that can not score, but that played a terribly deficient team on defence in the first round.  Luongo will get another shut-out, after last night's SO, and Nashville will prove to be a false second-round team.  Sorry... but Vancouver is too strong defensively and goalie-wise to let the Pussycats score, and Vancouver will get 2 or 3 past Rinne each game (still good for Rinne as Van will have 45+ shots on net most games in this series...).
     One thing to watch for:  The Sedin's must start producing though.

   SJ vs Detroit - yup, here we go again... all that talent and nothing to show for it.  I have decided that Joe Thornton has proven one thing:  that he is an incredible player on paper... not on the ice!  I'll say Red Wings in 6, as Marleau, Pavelski and Setoguchi will have one good game each, which is likely enough to get two wins.  Still, Detroit will never seriously look in jeopardy in this series.  Detroit looks old on paper.  SJ looks ever-so-talented on paper.  However, the Red Wings have proven they are always the real deal, and the Sharks have proven that they are Basking Sharks, not man-eaters!  That line of Heatley-Thornton-Marleau should all be ashamed of themselves... they are essentially a top line on the best hockey-playing national team in the world... and yet they can't even get their heads together well enough to defeat NHL-calibre talent.  They are the best example of talent without heart I know of.

   Washington vs TB - Sorry, Washington is too strong.  The Caps in 6.  Stamkos is not the threat here... St Louis is, as he is simply one of the best players in the world.  He makes his team look better than it is.  He essentially equates to 2 wins against anyone by himself in any series.  So much talent and so much heart!  Still, Washington is a far more responsible team this year and Arnott makes a huge difference leadership wise.  Both teams have suspect goaltending, but Washington is superior everywhere else.

   Philly vs Bruins - a big time Pick'em series!  Seriously!  Only "homers" think there team is better than the other hands-down in this series!  Briere will be the biggest point-producer in the series.  Pronger is still not as healthy as Philly needs him to be.  Boston should have been taught a lesson in the last series, but Montreal is indeed a much faster team than Philly.  Thus, this series will be more of a physical war than a talent battle.  The difference has to be Thomas.  I picked Boston to go to the Cup Final this year because of one reason more than any other:  Because Thomas can single-handedly steal 2 games each series by himself!  So, Bruins in 7.  As for all those Philly believers out there, who's starting in net again for your playoff team?  That's simply a rhetorical question you can not ignore.  Here's another one:  How many times can a team pull and bench (in the pressbox) it's goalie in the playoffs before that team is sent golfing?  Not many more times than already this year at all!

   So, your Conference Finals are:  

Det vs Van - Vancouver is the one team that can compete with the Red Wings line for line.  Also the physical nature of the Canuck defence will be hard on the Red Wings older (but still so talented) bodies.  Finally, Luongo (or Schneider) versus the Detroit goaltending... simply not equitable.  Vancouver in 7.

Boston vs Wash - This one is a tough one for me as I think Washington has the talent and speed edge, while also being physical.  Boston has the goalie edge.  This is a Pick'em series and I don't really care who wins as either way my major pool picks are solid!  I originally predicted Boston to be in the Cup Final, but I think Washington will actually be there instead... especially after seeing the ineptitude of Boston's PP.  How can you have Chara and Kaberle back there and be goalless on the PP?  Simply terrible!  
    The definitive decision maker:  Ovechkin... if he starts scoring, even Thomas won't be able to hold the fort.  If he is invisible, Boston has a chance.

   Cup Final:

Has to be Vancouver.  Too much talent in all three facets of the game.  Also, they have handled injury adversity all year long... so when it happens in the playoffs, and it will happen, they will be surprisingly ready for it. 

  



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:43 pm
 

My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

Sharks will again whip Detroit.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:11 pm
 

My second-round Stanley Cup predictions

F u Dodd.  Go Flyers!


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