Like many folks I missed San Jose losing to Anaheim and I was feeling really good about my “feeling” that the Rangers would beat the Caps until when things started falling apart for the Rangers in game five.
I expect all series to go deep in the second round with good competition and many twists and turns, and of course, more controversy. It will be a great two weeks to be a hockey fan.
Boston appears to be a better team than Carolina but Carolina played well against the Devils and may suffer a hangover from the finish of the opening series. Boston is rested and ready to play. I predict that Boston will win in six games.
The Pittsburgh and Washington series will take center stage over all the others. I think Pittsburgh has a deeper team and more experience in goal but the Capitals will push the Pens to game seven. Pittsburgh will win on the Cps home ice in game seven.
Anaheim and Detroit are a long time Western Conference rivalry that will provide plenty of competition. Anaheim has been on a roll for the last six weeks and should continue into this series. The Ducks will break the backs of the Wings when they win game seven in Detroit.
Vancouver and Chicago really do not like each other and this series will be an all out war. Either team could win but my favorite player Alex Burrows will star again in this series and lead the Canucks to victory in seven games.
That’s it for now. I’ll check back in next week and see where things stand at the midpoint of round two.