Here’s a recap of Round 2
- Western Conference Predictions:
- St. Louis over Los Angeles in 6 games – I underestimated the Kings for a second straight round. It seems like a lot of people did.
- Nashville over Phoenix in 7 games – Mike Smith foiled me in my office regular season pool, so I figured I’d ride his success for one round (Chicago) and it worked! I just didn’t think he’d do it again,
- Eastern Conference Prediction:
- NY Rangers over Washington 6 games – For the second straight round I thought the Blueshirts would prevail in six, and twice in a row the Rangers just managed to pull it off in seven games. Henrik Lundqvist is emerging as an MVP candidate in both the regular season and post-season. And yet if Joel Ward doesn’t take that Game 5 double-minor, I’m wondering if this is a different conversation.
- Philadelphia over New Jersey in 6 games – Whatever Devils coach Peter DeBoer said to fire up his troops after the squeaker over Florida worked. Plus, Bryzgalov was…well, Bryzgalov.
Overall second round results: 1 of 4 winners.
Overall playoff results: 6 of 12 winners, two series correct in both winners and number of games (both first round).
Here’s what’s on tap for round 3
- Western Conference Final Prediction:
- Los Angeles over Phoenix in 6 games – It comes down to which goalie will crack first; the Kings’ Jonathan Quick, or Smith for the Coyotes. LA’s forward lines are deeper than Phoenix’s. The likes of Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan have been terrific, but I’ll take Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar and company.
- Eastern Conference Final Predictions:
- NY Rangers over New Jersey in 7 games – Does it feel like 1994 all over again, and is the call of “Matteau, Matteau” still resonating 18 years later? It’s still unbelievable that the Devils are the highest-scoring of the remaining playoff teams. Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise are on a mission. But Lundqvist appears impenetrable, and that’s assuming that the pucks can get past the series of blue shirts clogging the net in front of him. Tidbit of the day courtesy of @JSportsNet. Martin Brodeur was the goalie when the Rangers ousted the Devils in Game 7 in 1994, and has remained the goalie for the Devils ever since. The Rangers have gone through 23 goalies since then.
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