NHL Playoffs round 2: The predictions
April 30, 2010 1 Comment
Before the first round began I made my predictions and gave my reasons why. I’ll be doing the same this time around, but first lets take a look at how I did. Overall I went 4-for-8 (Pens, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Canucks) – needless to say I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, especially in my home conference (Eastern). Here’s to hoping for better results this time around.
Eastern Conference predictions:
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens: After an amazing upset by the Canadiens against the Capitals in the first round it would take, oh I don’t know, the Stanley Cup champions from the year before to beat them. As luck would have it the Pens won last year and are the team to beat the Canadiens this year. If they don’t? Well we’ll see the Habs in the finals. Pens in 6.
Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers: Even though Boston beat the Buffalo Sabres, who I thought would be the team to go deep for the East, I think Philadelphia’s play against the Devils has given them the edge. It’ll be a good series, especially with Marc Savard coming back for the Bruins. Flyers in 7.
Western Conference predictions:
San Jose Sharks vs Detroit Red Wings: When you’re a team that’s a perennial choker, it’s hard to pick you as the favourite to win any series. I want the Sharks to win, but if history tells me anything, they won’t. Detroit played well in the last couple games on their way to eliminating the Avs and I think they’ll take that momentum into this series. Red Wings in 7.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks: I don’t think either of these teams had too much trouble getting out of the first round. Facing each other will be a different story. Both teams have high expectations, but one, the Canucks will probably face more scrutiny if they don’t perform well. If Vancouver’s offense can pick up, and Luongo continues his stellar play, I say they’ll take it. Sorry Chicago, next year is yours. Canucks in 6.