B/R NHL Community Leaders: Second Round Picks

Matt EichelSenior Writer IApril 30, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 28:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates the game winning goal with his teammates against the New York Rangers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 28, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

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It's round two, and here we go.  Round two predictions from some of the community leaders among the NHL community.


Dave Nichols (Washington Capitals CL)

Eastern Conference

Boston in five. Carolina's power play is really struggling and Cam Ward played lousy against Boston in the regular season.  The Bruins are rested and ready.

Washington in seven. Are you kidding me?

I'm going to need a defibrillator at the ready for the next two weeks. Varlamov will be the key to this series and it will definitely live up to the hype.

Western Conference

Anaheim in seven.

I think this is where Osgood folds.  Anaheim is playing too well up front and with Detroit's lackluster penalty kill; the Ducks can really take advantage

Vancouver in six

I like the Canucks. Vancouver is really on a run at home and they've had time to heal from the first round scrum against the Blues. The goalie match up, Luongo vs. Khabibulin, will be awesome.


Revo Boulanger (Boston Bruins CL)

Eastern Conference

Boston in six.

Reason: Purely irrational writer's favoritism. Boston in three lines deep, four lines tough, and has a defenseman that has lights on his helmet so low-flying planes don't hit him, plus a goalie with a nick-name of "Tank."

Carolina has two deep lines, four defenseman with funny names, a goalie that has a ring and a nice, short, easily pronounceable name.

Washington in seven.

Reason: The Brashear factor—Pittsburgh has put the lights-out NHL wet-dream young talent at forward, offensive-first defense and a pretty good goalie.  Washington has conservative and sublime offense, stalwart defense, and a goalie whose name no one can remember.

Western Conference

Chicago in six.

Reason: Cool uniforms that don't have what looks like a '60s era television with a hockey stick in it. Vancouver has a great goalie in Roberto Luongo, a pair of identical and productive first line forwards in the Sedin twins, Mats Sundin rounds out the cast and has been much more productive since he hasn't been made to have to decide things.

Chicago has a vast stockpile of talented youth, a fanbase that recently re-discovered that there is a hockey team in Illinois, and one of the coolest uniforms in all of sports.

Detroit in seven.

Reason: I don't claim to be smarter than everyone as far as they know.  Anaheim has benefited from being real big, somewhat mean, and not having to extend them too hard in slapping the Sharks around.

Detroit is a threat because everyone says so, and when is the last time everyone has been wrong?


Matt Eichel (Montreal Canadiens CL)

Eastern Conference

Boston in six.

Considering how the Hurricanes took out New Jersey in the last 80 seconds of the first round, Boston may have their hands full if they relax too much after an easy first round.

Boston's got the depth to win, but if they don't go hard, they may flounder. Eric Staal is heating up at just the right time.

Washington in seven.

The first, hopefully, of many epic showdowns between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.  The Capitals are just a team that has been all together all season. With Varlamov in net now, the Capitals are a threat and he will be the key.

Western Conference

Anaheim in seven

The Wings have such a deep team, but their goaltending is lacking—just the opposite of the Ducks. Jonas Hiller played well and stole a few games from the Sharks.

Vancouver in seven

Another game seven, you say?

Chicago's offense will test Luongo, but Vancouver's experience and their depths will outdo the young Chicago squad.

Alan Bass (NHL CL)

Eastern Conference:

Boston vs. Carolina

Boston in six.

Washington vs. Pittsburgh

Washington in seven

Western Conference:

Detroit vs. Anaheim

Detroit in six

Chicago vs. Vancouver

Chicago in six

I don't have enough time to write explanations...