Personal Playoff Prognosticatorial Proficiency – Round 2

The Fat Lady has finally sung her final performances of the opening round of the playoffs and now we move forward to the second round. And so it’s time to once again show off your personal playoff prognosticatorial proficiency as we did for the first round. And remember…it is still perfectly legal in the state of Georgia to display your “Quad-P” in public.

But, before we begin…tell us how you did in the first round with your prognosticatorial prowess.

Me? Well, with last night’s game-seven wins by Washington and Carolina, I went 6-2. I nailed the 6-game win by Chicago as well as correctly picked Vancouver, Detroit, Boston, Carolina and Washington. The Ducks and Penguins…not so much.

As for last night…could you have asked for two better games to decide those series? Varlamov gives up an early one to the Rangers then shuts ‘em down the rest of the way. Oh, and the Caps defense allows New York only one shot on goal for the entire third period, when the game and series is on the line. Then in New Jersey,  Carolina scores twice against Marty the Magnificent in the last minute and twenty seconds to steal that game seven.

Amazing!

Eric Staal’s game winner was his fifth of the playoff series with the Devils. And did I hear correctly that Cam Ward became the first goalie to win the first three game-sevens he’s started in? Very impressive.

I thought the Caps would take the Rangers in 5…not 7. But, after they dropped the first two games against the Rangers, they then won four of the next five…so that counts, right?…right?

sigh

Anywhoooo…let’s start in the Eastern Conference, where three of the top four seeded teams advanced.

Boston vs. Carolina

The Boston Bruins can come out of their mini-hibernation and prepare for the Carolina Hurricanes…who’s terrific game-seven comeback in New Jersey left the Devils and their crowd stunned. Can that type of thrilling victory propel them to success in their second-round date with the top-seeded Bruins? Maybe….maybe not. Boston might suffer a little from the week-long layoff, but I think any rust will be gone by…oh…the second period of game one. Michael Ryder and Phil Kessel led the scoring for Boston with 7 and 6 points respectively in the four games against Montreal. In goal for or Boston, Tim Thomas will take his .946 SV% and put them up against Carolina’s offense that netted 17 goals in their seven game opening round series.

I’m taking Boston in 6.

Washington vs. Pittsburgh Ovechkin vs. Crosby

Ah yes…the series matchup that the league officials and the networks have been simply slobbering over themselves in anticipation of…Washington and Pittsburgh. Ovie vs. Sid the Kid. Sid Crosby and Evgeni Malkin…who had 8 goals and 9 assists between them in their 6-game win in round one will go up against Marc-Andre Fleury who stopped 178 of the 193 shots he faced against the Flyers. They’ll go up against that new kid on the block, Simeon Varlamov. After the Caps gave up four goals to the Rangers with Jose Theodore between the pipes, Bruce Boudreau made the move and place Varlamov in goal. In the next six games he allowed only seven goals. He goes into the series with Pittsburgh with a 1.17 GAA, .952 SV%) and a pair of shututs in his brief playoff career.

Good series brewing here. Caps in 7 great games.

Now let’s head out west, where two of the lower seeds advanced.

Anaheim vs. Detroit

First up out west, it’ll be the Anaheim Ducks going against the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings…who now find themselves as the top seed in the Western Conference. I admit that I underestimated the Ducks in their first-round matchup with San Jose, so I don’t wanna make that mistake again. However, if the Wings are going to get a .936 SV% from Chris Osgood, (as they did against Columbus), to go with that potent offence…then it’s hard not to side with them. Jason Hiller had a stellar series against the Sharks, (.957 SV% and a 1.64 GAA), but he’s facing The Big Red Borg team that has incredibly balanced scoring. They were led by Johan Franzen’s 2 goals and 4 assists vs. Columbus… followed by Daniel Cleary’s 5 points, then there are 6 players that tallied 4 points in the sweep against the CBJs.

I think this will be quite the fun series to watch and I’ll go with Detroit in 7.

Chicago vs. Vancouver

Then there is the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks in what is sure to be a dandy! The Canucks hold the home-ice advantage due simply to the fact that they won the Northwest Division, but Chicago’s 104 points were 4 more than Vancouver’s. The Blackhawks employed a great physical game against Cal-GARY and needs to bring that against the Knuckleheads as well. Both teams have fairly stingy defenses…Chicago giving up only 2.55 GA/G in the regular season, (5th in the NHL)…Vancouver giving up 2.60 GA/G, (7th in the NHL). Chicago tends to score more, (3.17 G/G vs. Vancouver’s 2.96)…so maybe one could pick the Blackhawks due to the offense?

Maybe, but not me…I’ll go with Vancouver because there is no way I’m going against any team with Roberto Luongo and his .962 SV% first round performance.

Canucks in 6.

Enstrom’s Injury

By now you’ve heard about the hit that Tobias Enstrom took during the World Championships. If you haven’t yet seen the video, here it is…with much thanks to Phil Foley of The Atlanta Thrashers Examiner.

What really spooked me when viewing it was the look on his face after the incident. Tobias simply had no idea here he was while he was on the ice…Switzerland…Sweden…Atlanta…the moon? Scary!

He required some facial surgery and he’s missing some teeth. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Enstrom.

Just Drop It

The Pittsburgh Penguins have elected to drop the “interim” tag from coach Dan Bylsma’s title. Last February, he took over a Penguins squad that was faltering and in danger of slipping out of playoff contention. Since that time, he’s guided the Pens to a 18-3-4 record and the first-round win against Philadelphia.

Duck Wings At TJ’s Sunday

Now that the 2nd round schedule is out, it looks like we’ll be watching the second game of the Anaheim-Detroit series at TJ’s on Sunday. 2:00 is the scheduled time for faceoff and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

57 comments Add your comment

Midfield

April 29th, 2009
9:23 am

Pittsburgh is not Cindy Crosby’s team, no matter what the canar of the day is. Pens will live or die with Malkin and Gonchar.

Bob

April 29th, 2009
9:29 am

Boston, Pens, Wings, Hawks but the Boston series is the only way I feel confident about, the other 3 could all easily go the other way

Smoothie

April 29th, 2009
9:42 am

The ever-humble (sarcasm??) J-Smooooooooooooooothie posted a playoff prognosticating record of 5 and 3 in the first round. I believe I may have been off in quite a few instances with respect to the number of games I thought each series would last. Oh well, the vagaries of playoff predictions!! On to Round 2!

Eastern Conf:

Heart Head

Canes Bruins

Caps Pens

Believe it or not my heart is rooting for an all Southeastern Division Conference Finals. While I may save all my hate (now I’ll be saving it for Martins Karsums) for our divisional rivals during the season, it always gives me pleasure to rankle our Canadian hockey-loving bretheren when it comes to our division’s successes in the playoffs.

HOWEVER, my head knows how good the Bruins are and I fully realize how difficult it will be for the Cardiac Canes to take down the Beantown Bullies in this series. As for the other series, I think the Caps are the better team, but there’s just something about this Pens team that leads me to believe they will outlast Washington in seven games.

Western Conf:

Heart Head

Hawks Canucks

Wings (eeeww!) Ducks — I simply hate Pronger and the Ducks more!

This one isn’t as hard. Canucks have Luongo and a solid D that will remain poised and calm in the face of Chicago’s in-your-face, balls-to-the-wall reckless abandon and youthful exuberance. Plus, Vancouver is getting secondary scoring from their 2nd and 3rd lines which I think will make the difference.

As for the Wings and Ducks, I hope to avoid watching every game of this series as I can’t stand either team. Actually, I admire and respect the talents and chemistry of the Wings, but truth be told, I hate dominant favorites (bandwagon effect) and always pull for the “dog”. However, I hate Anaheim even more and hope they revert to the form they showed against us in Feb when we drubbed them good 8 to 4!! The pressure will finally get to Hiller and Detroit will get plenty of traffic in front of him to distract him. Wings in 5 games.

My Cup Finals prediction is Wings and Bruins with the B’s pulling the upset. But my heart is hoping for a Canes versus Chicago Stanley Cup Finals because I like the young Chicago team and prefer Carolina over Washington when it comes to choosing a SE Div rival. I certainly don’t want Ovechkin or Semin winning a Cup before Kovy and Slava!!

Sara

April 29th, 2009
10:10 am

I had to post and run yesterday but I wanted to go back to the SJ discussion for a moment.

I never said anything about firing either the coach or the GM. But something has to give because that team cannot get it done when it counts the most. They obviously have all the talent in the world – what they are lacking is character.

Even their play-off record is superficially deceiving…they barely made it to the second round last year, taking their opening series against Calgary to seven games and ultimately outscoring them by a whole two goals for the series. The two years before that they got to the second round after drawing Nashville in the first round both times only to get toppled by tougher more competitive teams in the second rounds.

The Sharks essentially roll over and die when faced with tough competition in the play-offs and it seems the players themselves aren’t capable of learning from their own past mistakes. That leaves the only other option, which is to start making roster changes. I’d expect to see some major changes on the 3rd and 4th lines and *at least* one big shake-up for a top player.

Spud Webb

April 29th, 2009
10:15 am

Caps over crybabies in 7! Boston over the Canes in 6, hate the canes, but they are SCRAPPY.
Luango is huge Canucks over the hawks in 7. Ducks take out the WINGS, I SAID IT!!! 6 games!!!
Heres to hoping Toby gets better!!!!
Rawhide, did you say 3pm at TJ’s Sunday??

Spud Webb

April 29th, 2009
10:18 am

Sara you are correct. I mean I thought the brought in Blake, Claude and JR for toughness and some experience and that hasn’t worked. I suspect a bigger trade, Thorton, not sure but you are correct, they will be making some roster changes, more than most. The team just cannot get it done in the postseason.

Cindy Crotchby

April 29th, 2009
10:27 am

I’m looking forward to leading my team to the Boris Cup.

The Joker

April 29th, 2009
10:29 am

How does Sean Avery pick up women?

He shows them he’s/his(pick one) nuts.

Rawhide

April 29th, 2009
10:31 am

Spudster – I just update the post above with the game and time for Sunday. It’s the 2:00 Ducks vs. Wings game.

Russian

April 29th, 2009
10:32 am

It will be intersting second Round.
I vote for:
Boston on 6
I like Washington and like Fedorov goal. Damn, he is still good :-)
But I go to Malkin and Co on 6

Detroit on 6. No questions to ask.
Chikago on 7. I hope.

R. Stroz

April 29th, 2009
10:37 am

Rawhide – Put the R. Stroz party down for two on Sunday at T.J.’s.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 29th, 2009
10:37 am

What makes San Jose qualify for a “major roster shakeup” more so than Calgary, Vancouver, etc?

Teams are bound to continue making the playoffs only to go nowhere. Continued appearances show the team is built right, and tweaking should usually be sufficient to push them over the hump.

Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t expect anybody of significance to be traded out of San Jose this offseason.

LAC

April 29th, 2009
10:39 am

Interesting to see teams like San Jose, Calgary and others who missed or were out inthe first round of the playoffs, talk MAJOR change !

But here in Atlanta NOTHING not one single word from anyone, But why should that surprise anyone ? With waddell still incontrol of the runaway train, we have little or NO hope of bringing in the players needed to WIN, we will be left to the crumbs on the floor so to speak…

The Thrashers will be not much better next season than this past one…

Only IF MAJOR changes and ISSUES are addressed will anything happen.

But yet the sprit clowns will still have their thumber up their A$$ES
again next season !

Carolina will stun Boston,and Wash will upend Pitt.

Wings crash and burn and Hawks will fly high.

Meanwhile another QUIET summer in Atlanta for hockey…

Alan

April 29th, 2009
10:52 am

One last thing on the Sharks:

I’m a frequent reader of (and very infrequent poster on) the Red Wings blog Abel to Yzerman. It’s a bit on the immature side, which is exactly how I like my blogs. Who knows, maybe a few of you here, regardless of favorite teams, might get a kick out of some of the posts there.

Anyway, in a post on the blog today was this photoshopped picture which, I feel, accurately describes why the Sharks didn’t win the series (and also had me laughing hysterically). Bonus points if you get the reference.

Now, on to Round Two predictions:

WEST
Blackhawks in six
Red Wings in six

EAST
Boston in five
Pittsburgh in seven

Russ

April 29th, 2009
11:04 am

I went an un-good 5-3 on my first round predictions. Despite the bad start I will soldier on with round 2 picks as follows:

Boston over Carolina in 5.
Washington over Pittsburgh in 7.
Detroit over Anaheim in 6.
Chicago over Vancouver in 7.

TableHockey

April 29th, 2009
11:06 am

Here are my picks for round 2:

In the East
Boston vs. Carolina – Bruins in 5
Washington vs. Pittsburgh – Caps in 7

In the West
Anaheim vs. Detroit – Wings in 6
Chicago vs. Vancouver – Canucks in 5

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 29th, 2009
11:52 am

Captain Planet…he’s my HERO.

Christy

April 29th, 2009
1:11 pm

Hello all.

Alan – No heart for San Jose I take it?

Question, because I wasn’t able to see all of the Carolina / NJ games – but when I did tune in, it looked like Ward was approaching the same zone he was in back in 2006? Or was that an illusion?

I ask, because if that is the case then I can see Carolina in 6 over Boston, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Ducks took out Detroit in 6 or 7 either, because I have more faith in Giguere getting it done than Osgood when it counts.

Alan

April 29th, 2009
1:45 pm

Bingo, Christy. I’m glad there’s a few people here who remember that show (thanks, ranallo. :)

As for Giguere, he hasn’t played in the playoffs this year. In Anaheim, it’s been the Jonas Hiller show.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 29th, 2009
2:10 pm

“In Anaheim, it’s been the Jonas Hiller show.”

Somehow this isn’t surprising…during Anaheim’s recent playoff runs it’s been the Giguere show, the Bryzgalov show, and now it’s the Hiller show. Either they’re amazing at scouting, drafting, and developing goalies, or perhaps they have a great defense that makes any goal look spectacular. Or, as I would suspect, it’s a combination of the two.

Midfield

April 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

Ward let in a suspicious and looking like a winning goal for New Jersey – until Broduer gave a couple back to Carolina. I’m mostly impressed by Varlamov so far. He’s scary good, especially if he continues on into the next season in our division.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 29th, 2009
4:02 pm

Jebus Christopher — Karsums strikes again but is ejected this time when he hits Harand (Austrian forward) from behind and injures the forward.

What a douche…one can be considered accidental, but two times in two games is a trend in my eyes.

kracker

April 29th, 2009
5:25 pm

Karsums strikes another player from behind! Glad he got tossed. He’s a young RFA for the Lightning, 24 NHL games and a -8 w/ BOS and the Bolts. I wonder if he is expected to be resigned by TB. He’s not listed as particularly big at 5-10, 198 lbs….is this Harand a smallish player also? I bet he won’t be running people into the dasher in the NHL.

Brendan

April 29th, 2009
5:28 pm

I’m not a Bruin-believer just yet. (Nor am I a ‘hater.’) I’ll take Carolina in seven. What? The ‘Canes were outside of the playoffs at Christmas, without much chance of getting in. Down the stretch, they won 9-straight games and got themselves into ‘playoff form.’ And the last time I checked, that was the POINT of the 82-game regular season. PREPARATION!!! I’m a fan of GM Jim Rutherford. He stepped up after a few shaky deals. He brought BACK some of the people that he either ‘let go’ or ‘lost’ or ‘got away’ in the past. Including Erik Cole and Head Coach Paul Maurice. I credit Rutherford for going back with what he sees as ‘familiar.’ Paul Maurice took the ‘Canes to the Cup Finals in 2002. Even the rematch with Detroit looks like it could happen. Vu-ja-de? Maybe. Yogi Beara would say, “it’s dejavu, all over again.” Then, again, 1998 saw the Capitals and Red Wings tangle for the Cup. That could happen, too. Wouldn’t it be great, if the SouthLEAST division sucked so badly … that only SE division teams were in the CF, with the right to play for the Cup on the line? I can’t wait.

Segue, I like the Capitals in seven games over Pittsburgh. I know. I know. The Penguins are the defending Eastern Champs. They’ve got Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Gonchar, Fleury, etc. I know … they burned a blue streak since firing Therrien. I’d wager many people out there have already pencilled the Penguins into the Cup Finals, in a rematch with Detroit. Not sayin’ that’s far fetched. It could happen. But if Varlamov can continue to play at this level, the Caps do have Green, Backstrom, Semin, Laich, and Ovechkin. And home ice. And now, the belief that they can overcome ANYTHING–even a 3-1 series deficit. Caps in seven.

Out West, I like Detroit in six games over Anaheim. And I like Vancouver in seven games over Chicago, one of my two “adopted” Western Conference teams this season. Reminder: Vancouver FIRED GM Dave Nonis because he didn’t advance the team into the Conference Finals. So, that appears their minimum peformance objective for this season. I think they’ll reach it. But I don’t have faith in Vancouver winning the Western Conference this year. Uhh, that’s why they play the games. When Boston plays Vancouver for the Cup, I’ll be red-faced. Then again, I do always tell people, “Do the OPPOSITE” of what I say. I’m 5-3, and lucky to be there. Had the Rangers won Game 7, I’d be 4-4. Maggie the Monkey was 2-6. So, if you’re not good at these things, that’s your silver lining. You beat a 21-year old monkey in your prognostications.

Christy

April 29th, 2009
5:48 pm

Ha. Well, I’m finally able to sit down and watch some playoff hockey after being shackled to my desk for the last 3 – 4 weeks so i’ll be able to catch some of the Hiller show and see if he can pull it off.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 29th, 2009
5:59 pm

Harand is 5′11, 176.

Tony C.

April 29th, 2009
6:48 pm

It will be interesting to see if Hiller can negate the ‘Wings PP. He did just that against SJ, and then Parros and company just beat the Sharks up. Detroit did play a lot more physical against Columbus, and of course anytime you put Hossa out on your #2 pp unit-you’re working with some serious O-ffense.

Saw where Team USA took Tres Kronnor(spl?) to OT only to loose. But a better showing than I thought we’d get.

Alan -NICE. Still laughing over Jumbo Joe the Planeteer.

Darren

April 29th, 2009
7:16 pm

On another note, I really, really, really, really, really, really enjoyed watching the Rangers implode. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving franchise.

Tony C.

April 29th, 2009
8:57 pm

Midfield

April 29th, 2009
10:42 pm

Darren, do you think that Tortorella tossing his water bottle over the glass in DC is a much more powerful image than Cindy Crosby staring at the empty space for those NHL promotional snipets? I sure do.

Hockey Biltong

April 29th, 2009
10:43 pm

Rangers losing….awesome.
Pengs losing..even better…

Brendan

April 29th, 2009
11:39 pm

Red Wing fans, chime in here on this one. How GOOD does it feel to know that your team has already defeated the Capitals, ‘Canes, and Penguins for the Cup in the past 10 seasons? I know. The past is the past. It doesn’t mean anything now. But it’s got to be nice to have this kind of recent history against all but ONE of the East’s remaining teams (Boston). Boston’s last Cup was over three DECADES ago. Carolina’s last Cup was 2006.

I have to agree with Ranallo, that the Sharks do NOT need to blow up their franchise. They could stand to add some muscle, perhaps. I think they’ll tweak, rather than overreact. But make no mistake about it, the EXPECTATION LEVEL was much higher in San Jose, than say, Calgary and Vancouver, which have been consistently making the playoffs, but unable to truly turn the corner. Let’s look at New Jersey. They haven’t won the Cup or been to a Finals since 2003. Should they ‘blow up’ their franchise? I wouldn’t think so. But it won’t stop some people from thinking that the Devils are “moving in the WRONG direction.” Since that Cup win in ‘03, NJ lost to Philly, 4-1, in 2004. In 2006, they swept the Rangers, but lost to Carolina, 4-1. In 2007, the Devils defeated Tampa Bay, 4-1, but lost to Ottawa, 4-1, in Round II. Last year, they lost to the Rangers, 4-1. And this year, 2009, it’s a 4-3 series loss to Carolina. Side note: Every time New Jersey is eliminated by Carolina, the ‘Canes go on to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Of course, we’re only taking about two (2) instances, here. So, that’s inadequate sampling. Now, if the ‘Canes do reach the Finals again, we’ll hear more about the topic. But I digress. The Devils last 5 playoff appearances saw them eliminated three times (3x) in the 1st round. And like I said, they have NOT reached a CF or SCF since 2003.

Why shouldn’t the Devils blow it up? The simplest answer is: Lou Lamoriello. Every time you think the Devils are done, through, golden era over, they surprise everyone and take home the Cup, yet again. Then people realize, “Oh yeah. They’re a good team.” Good teams need tweaking, not roster overhaul.

Brendan

April 30th, 2009
12:12 am

Russian, do you expect a ‘Russian Civil War’ brewing between Pittsburgh and Washington? On the Penguin side, there’s Malkin, 2nd overall pick, 2004, and Sergei Gonchar, 14th overall selection, 1992, plus a Ukrainian, Ruslan Fedotenko.

On the Capitals side, there’s netminder Simeon Varlamov, 23rd overall pick, 2006. Alexander Semin, 13th overall selection, 2002. Sergei Federov, 74th overall pick, Viktor Kozlov, the 6th overall selection from 1993, and Ovechkin, the 1st overall pick, from the 2004 draft.

Do you think there’ll be gentlemanly RESPECT? Or will these Russians (And a Ukrainian) tear into one another, country pride be scorned! These are the playoffs!!

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 30th, 2009
1:53 am

Tony C. — True, an OT loss to Sweden is a better showing than most should expect…but the disappointing thing was that the US had a 3 goal (5-2) lead evaporate within 7 minutes due to poor defense and goaltending.

That game was in the bag, and they allowed Sweden to crawl right back into it. Esche looked foolish at times, and his defense didn’t help him look much better.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 30th, 2009
4:45 am

Anybody want to take a guess at how many current or former Thrashers are playing in the World Championship tournament?

Anne

April 30th, 2009
5:35 am

ranallo – I guess is 9 current or former Thrashers?

Team Finland has Anssi Salmela, Niko Kapanen and Tommi Santala. Kapanen has been amazing…in three games he has made 5+3.

+ we have on former Thrasher who is commentator in finnish tv…Pasi Nurminen :)

Glovesave29

April 30th, 2009
8:36 am

Ranallo – Anaheim’s goaltending prowess can be explained in two words…Francois Allaire. He is their goaltending scout and coach. The Ducks leave all matters pertaining to goaltending to him. He’s the guru who pioneered the butterfly style and was Patrick Roy’s mentor. Ducks have a HUGE advantage with him on the payrolls.

As for the little troll racing around the WC’s making a name for himself…this is EXACTLY why I have always been a proponent of a 10 minute misconduct penalty (with PP time, not just the loss of the player on the ice) for intent to injure. Penalize the team HARD. Can you imagine comeing into the dressing room to change after you just made your defense fight off a 2 a 5 and a 10? Guess who’s picking up the dinner tab that night? The guilty player then sits out a suspension until the player injured has been cleared to play. It’s the only fair way to stop this ridiculous behavior. It will stop, aND FAST!!! These checks from behind 2 feet off the boards are going to snap someones neck one of these days.I love good, hard hitting hockey, but these kind of things need to stop.

Russian

April 30th, 2009
9:00 am

**to Brendan**
:-)
It will be interesting to see those games. Ovy is very phisical forward, but Malkin is more playmaker. I do not know who will win this round. I think I said Pitsburg. We will see:-)

Viking

April 30th, 2009
10:25 am

Martins Karsums, the Tampa Lightning guy that hit Toby the other day, has been at it again in the World Championships. He inflicted a new brutal hit, now against an Austrian player, who lay on the ice, but luckily got up on his own after some time.
The attack on Toby did not give him even 2 min., but this time he got 5 min. and out for the rest of the game.

Viking

April 30th, 2009
10:37 am

Ilya Nikulin just scored a goal against Sweden during a powerplay. 1-1.

Really hoping Ilya K. can convince Ilya N. to get his butt over here.

kracker

April 30th, 2009
11:25 am

People say Nikulin won’t come over but who knows? WHen everyone is saying that, it may be the time when he does come to play.

ranallo10 (in AT)

April 30th, 2009
11:35 am

17 players by my count.

Viking

April 30th, 2009
11:41 am

Kovy is down and spitting blood after a duel with Sweden’s Anton Strålman (Toronto).

Viking

April 30th, 2009
11:42 am

This was apparently a rematch from when they met last year.

FormerIslesFan

April 30th, 2009
12:24 pm

Okay, I’m late the game, but I’ll go ahead and chime in with my picks.

Boston in 6. Much as I think Cam Ward can steal games, I think that the Bruins are just that deep this season and will overcome the same lack of depth on the Hurricanes side of things.

Capitals in 7. This may just be wishful thinking on my part as I’ve REALLY learned not to like the Pens recently. Not sure why, (maybe it’s just the Crosby-whining). But, I think that Washington will take it to the next level. That being said, if Vharlamov faulters, so do the Caps. They will not be able to get the CF on Theordore’s coat-tails.

Canucks in 5. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what they are doing in Chicago. I just think that the Hawks are now in over their heads (only they may be too young to realize it!). Luongo is looking better and better and is NOT a goalie I would want to face in the playoffs.

Ducks in 6. Yes, I may be the only person on this entire blog that thinks the Ducks have a shot at this round. (Caveat: I can’t stand the Wings (sorry, Sara). However, Hiller has looked amazing and Anaheim has the defenders and defensive mind set that just may be able to over-come the Wings.

Gatorwsc

April 30th, 2009
12:42 pm

The Caps and Penquins will definitely be an interesting series to watch. I disagree with you and go for the penquins. As for the Buins and the Canes, it will be interesting. I think it comes down to who wants it more. Side note, Rawhide we will be at Taco Mac on Dallas Hwy for the Carolina game on Fri. Drop by if you can.

Alan

April 30th, 2009
12:47 pm

Viking, is Kovalchuk still playing?

Viking

April 30th, 2009
12:54 pm

I only followed a play by play feed from Sweden, but there was a another squirmish between Kovy and Strålman, so he must be OK.

By the way, Russia won 6-5 in overtime.

Alan

April 30th, 2009
12:55 pm

Well, I guess not, since it looks like Russia won 6-5 in OT.

ThrasherFan

April 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

Canes over Boston in 7
Pens over Washington in 6

Detroit over Anaheim in 5
Vancouver over Chicago in 7