Hey Mike, we both went 6 for 8 in the first round – not bad eh
It also looks like I owe you a beer!
I knew the Rangers and Habs series would be close but I thought the Habs would be able to pull it off - no such luck. Your Rangers were clearly the better team – especially for 5 out of the 6 periods in the last 2 games when the Habs looked totally disorganized in their own zone - and then they couldn’t score when they did get out of their own zone. You also called the Preds upsetting the Hawks - nicely done! I totally did not see that upset coming. Here are my predictions for the 2nd round:
Blues vs Preds – the Blues ended the season as one of the hottest teams in the NHL and I think that will continue. They are hot at just the right time and that is key in the playoffs. Plus I think the Wild are a better team than the Preds so if the Blues were able to tame the Wild in 5 then I think they should be able to prey on the Preds. Blues win in 5.
Ducks vs Oilers – It was fun watching the Oilers beat the Sharks but I don’t think the Oilers will be able to win a best of 7 series against a bigger, tougher and more experienced Ducks team. Plus I think the 1st round series took more out of the tank for the Oilers than the Ducks. I really don’t like the Ducks at all and I would love to see the Oilers win this series so I really hope I’m wrong here but my prediction is that the Ducks will win this series. Ducks win in 6.
Sens vs Rangers – This is a hard one to call because both teams showed great determination in the 1st round but I think the Sens can pull this off. I can’t really describe it or put my finger on it but I think there’s something special going on with that Ottawa team. I think the series will be close but I’m going with my heart on this one. Sens win in 7.
Caps vs Pens – I really, really, really don’t want the Caps to win. Maybe we should go double or nothing on this series Mike...lol...although you also picked the Pens to win. I don’t like Ovechkin at all and I think Crosby is amazing so I’m hoping the Pens come out on top here. I think this will be a close series but I think the Pens are a little bit faster, a little more skilled and a better team overall. Plus they have Crosby - and I would never bet against that guy - so I think they will win. Pens win in 6.
Enjoy the games!