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Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:40 pm
 

Expert Picks: Conference Semifinals

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)
Expert Win Loss Bonus Points
Brown 6 2 4 10
Goldstein 6 2 1 7
Hurcomb 3 5 1 4
Dodd 3 5 1 4
* A bonus point is awarded for picking a winner in the correct number of games played

And the picks for the conference semifinals:

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

  • 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.

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

  • 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.

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

  • 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.

Posted on: April 29, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 11:27 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league... 

Tonight's Game

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 9 p.m.

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard ready to stare down Sharks. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings have killer instinct, have some advantages against No. 1 Sharks. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' top line knows they need to score to advance past Red Wings. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks look to break streak of losing home openers in Game 1. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

• After winning Cup, Penguins now have a tough act to follow. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins have no timetable for the return of Jordan Leopold. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Cardiac Canadiens believed in themselves in upset over No. 1 Capitals. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

Johnny Boychuk's play has been big for Bruins in the playoffs. [ Boston Globe ]

Marc Savard cleared to play, continues to work on conditioning. [ Boston Globe ]

Scott Hartnell's confidence continues to grow for Flyers. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Roberto Luongo braced for another dose of Dustin Byfuglien. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Personal rivalry between Blackhawks and Canucks expected to be intense. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:48 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:51 pm
 

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Sharks will win if: They don't let the ghosts of playoffs past get to them. That might be easier said than done, particularly against an intimidating opponent like Detroit. A big series from goalie Evgeni Nabokov wouldn't hurt, but even beter would be finding a way to get the big line of Joe Thornton , Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley on track. They were dominant during the regular season, but combined for one goal against Colorado and were all minus players.

The Red Wings will win if: If they keep doing what they have been for the last two months, which is dictate the pace and flow of their games. The Red Wings have been nearly unbeatable since the Olympic break, and they came into the playoffs healthy and better rested than in years past. It is a cliché to say a team's best players have to be their best players at this time of year. Detroit's tend to be exactly that, and judging by the way things went against Phoenix, they should be the same against San Jose. Sharks player might take note.

 

How They Got Here

San Jose: Defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 51-20-11 record for 113 points (1st, Pacific Division)

Detroit: Defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 44-24-14 record for 102 points (2nd, Central Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
April 29 at San Jose 9 p.m.
May 2 at San Jose 8 p.m.
May 4 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
May 6 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
May 8 at San Jose * 10:30 p.m.
May 10 at Detroit * 7:30 p.m.
May 12 at San Jose * TBA
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Detroit wins, 3-1
Date Result
Nov. 5 Detroit 2, San Jose 1 (SO) Recap
Jan. 9 Detroit 4, San Jose 1 Recap
Feb. 2 Detroit 4, San Jose 2 Recap
Feb. 11 San Jose 3, Detroit 2 (SO) Recap

 

Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic SJ DET
Goals For (Avg.) 3.17 3.71
Goals Against (Avg.) 1.83 2.57
Power Play 19.2% 23.5%
Penalty Kill 86.7% 81.8%

Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Blackhawks will win if: They are willing to pay the price by doing the little things like blocking shots, finishing checks winning battles along the boards and in corners. The grit factor wasn't always there against Nashville, and that should be a concern for a team that is very good and knows it. Complacency endangered Chicago against Nashville, with the Blackhawks ultimately winning out because their talent was superior. In reality, though, they survived the Predators more than beating them, and chances are they won't get away with that again, especially if goaltender Antti Niemi isn't steadier throughout.

The Canucks will win if: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin do what they did against Los Angeles, which is put up a lot of points, and Mikael Samuelsson keeps scoring the way he did. That won't be easy against a more talented team, though, so Vancouver will need its secondary scorers to contribute a lot more than they did against the Kings. The penalty kill will have to be a lot better than it was against Los Angeles, which connected on nine of its first 16 chances. Roberto Luongo will have to be on his game from the outset because Chicago is a tougher team to rebound against.

 

How They Got Here

Chicago: Defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 52-22-8 record for 112 points (1st, Central Division)

Vancouver: Defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 49-28-5 record for 103 points (1st, Northwest Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
May 1 at Chicago 8 p.m.
May 3 at Chicago 9 p.m.
May 5 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 7 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 9 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
May 11 at Vancouver * 9:30 p.m.
May 13 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Series tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 21 Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 Recap
Nov. 22 Chicago 1, Vancouver 0 Recap
Jan. 23 Vancouver 5, Chicago 1 Recap
Mar. 5 Chicago 6, Vancouver 3 Recap

 

Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic CHI VAN
Goals For (Avg.) 2.83 4.17
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.50 3.00
Power Play 17.4% 25.0%
Penalty Kill 96.3% 61.5%

 
 
 
 
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