2013 NHL Playoffs: Round 2 Predictions

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2013 NHL Playoffs: Round 2 Predictions
Credit: NHL.com

The quest for Lord Stanley's hallowed cup takes skill, will, and a little, okay, a lot of luck. Only eight teams remain, all with a legitimate chance of winning hockey's ultimate prize.

The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers secured a spot in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals last night, solidifying the Round 2 field. The Rangers and Bruins face off on Thursday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, stacked with talent and experience, fought off a hardworking and young New York Islanders team to advance to Round 2, and a highly emotional series against the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa took down the No. 2 seed in the East Montréal Canadiens in a quick five games.

The Chicago Blackhawks continued regular season dominance, knocking off the Minnesota Wild in only five games. The Detroit Red Wings managed to upset the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7. The two "Original 6" teams start a second round match up on Wednesday night.

The San José Sharks upset the perennially disappointing Vancouver Canucks in a first round sweep, setting up a Round 2 bout between two California teams, as the Los Angeles Kings held off the St. Louis Blues.

Countless variables lead to teams winning or losing a playoff series, but in seven games, the better team usually wins.

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