We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We'll be tracking their overall record throughout the postseason, so be sure to check back after each round for results. Feel free to add your picks in the comments below.
Making picks in 2010: Wes Goldstein, CBSSports.com's hockey writer; Erin Brown, CBSSports.com's NHL editor; Mike Hurcomb, CBSSports.com's fantasy hockey writer; and Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's college football writer (and a longtime, die-hard St. Louis Blues fan).
Through the conference quarterfinals , standings are as follows:
|Standings (through Round 1)|
|* A bonus point is awarded for picking a winner in the correct number of games played
And the picks for the conference semifinals:
- Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 6: The Pens won't take the Habs for granted like Caps did.
- Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: It would be unfair to expect Jaroslav Halak to survive yet another offensive barrage.
- Hurcomb: Pittsburgh in 6: Things are lining up nicely for Pens to make another Cup appearance.
- Dodd: Pittsburgh in 5: The Penguins are out partying knowing they won't have to wake up until Game 4.
- Goldstein: Boston in 6: Philly is too hurt up front, and B's are hitting stride.
- Brown: Philadelphia in 7: This will be one ugly series, and that will be an intangible in Philly's favor.
- Hurcomb: Boston in 6: Tuukka Rask is playing years beyond his age and experience.
- Dodd: Philadelphia in 6: The only just winner is Philly because Pittsburgh wants you, Flyers.
- Goldstein: Detroit in 6: San Jose's still wearing its playoff monkey and it's name is Detroit.
- Brown: San Jose in 7: With all respect to Detroit, you have to beat the best to be the best.
- Hurcomb: Detroit in 7: The Red Wings will capitalize on San Jose's sloppy play.
- Dodd: Detroit in 7: The Sharks tank. They will never, ever, ever get to the Stanley Cup Finals.
No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks
- Goldstein: Chicago in 7: Canucks match up better this time, but 'Hawks will find a way.
- Brown: Chicago in 6: A tough round with Nashville has Chicago primed for this series.
- Hurcomb: Vancouver in 7: Roberto Luongo will not let Dustin Byfuglien get the best of him this time.
- Dodd: Chicago in 6: So much animosity in this one, we may need a 911 call at the end of it.