Thursday, April 24, 2008

Second Round Predictions

In my first round predictions, I did OK. I picked five winners and three losers. That is approximately the kind of result I would expect. Although it pales in comparison to last year's 14-1 run which clearly required a lot of luck to go with any skill.

Here are my second round predictions:

Detroit Red Wings defeat Colorado Avalanche This was a top rivalry from the 1990's. Detroit is probably the Stanley Cup favorite now that Anaheim has been upset. Their biggest question mark is goaltending, where Chris Osgood seems to have taken over for Dominik Hasek. Either of those goalies is likely a stronger choice than Jose Theodore in Colorado. Outside of goal, Detroit has more talent and depth at all positions, though Colorado does have some strong forwards. Detroit should win.

San Jose Sharks defeat Dallas Stars Dallas probably pulled off the biggest upset of the playoffs knocking off Anaheim. They have to beat another top team in San Jose. San Jose may have had questions about the slow starts of Joe Thornton and Brian Campbell in the playoffs, but they are too good players to not dominate some games.

Montreal Canadiens defeat Philadelphia Flyers I see Philadelphia as the weakest remaining team in the playoffs. Montreal has better goaltending in the rookie Carey Price and more depth in other areas as well. Likely we could see more riots in Montreal when they win this one.

Pittsburgh Penguins defeat New York Rangers Pittsburgh's offence built around Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa will be tough to stop. I think it will take a better team than the Rangers. Marc-Andre Fleury has played well so far, but he is the potential weakness for the Penguins. Nevertheless, the Rangers have been a low scoring team this season and should be outgunned by the Pens.

GO DETROIT! they are the team to beat for sure!
1) Probably Nashville did the Wings a favour by beating them twice. It forced them to finally make Osgood the starter. Ozzie right now is the better goalie.
2) That said, it should NOT have taken them 6 games to beat an undermanned team like the preds. The Av's are better than many give credit for. They were missing key players for long stretches.
I agree withy you on 3 of 4 series...but I feel that Dallas' goaltending and Mike Modano can make Dallws this year's Cinderella team. (Go Habs)
So far, i'm looking like a genius....of course, it's VERY early in the round :D haha
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