2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round Two Predictions

JROCK DusomeCorrespondent IApril 30, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 28:  Simeon Varlamov #40 of the Washington Capitals is mobbed by his teammates after they defeated 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)

Well, round one is in the books, and lets just say that I did pretty decent when it came to my first round selections. Sadly, I didn't get 100 percent of picks right, but hey, I'm not perfect.

In Round One, my record was quite respectable. Going 5-3, I think I did a pretty damn good job. Ok, well maybe I didn't do that good, but I did way better than Maggie the Monkey on TSN, so that's one positive.

Anyway, lets get to my predictions for Round Two of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Western Conference

No. 2 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 8 Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks are coming off a huge upset of the President's Trophy winning San Jose Sharks, and they are going to carry that momentum into this series against the Wings. However, the Wings are the kind of team that can put a stop to any team's momentum, especially when their goaltending is in top form, which it is. For Anaheim to win this series, they are going to need to get to Chris Osgood early, but it won't be easy. Expect a long series.

Prediction: Red Wings in seven.


No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 4 Chicago Blackhawks 

Well, I enjoyed seeing the Canucks in their last series, and I think that trend is going to continue. Chicago may have a young talented team, and a goaltender who is among the best, but Vancouver has a very tough defense core, and Chicago doesn't have the strength to contend. Plus, they have Luongo. That's the series right there.

Prediction: Canucks in six.


Eastern Conference

No. 1 Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes

For me, this series is going to be a matter of rest. The Bruins just came off a four game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens, where they were not really tested at all. On the other side, the Canes just finished their sevem game series with the Devils, and I think they are banged up and tired. Coupled with the pure skill that the Bruins have, and the brilliant goaltending of Tim Thomas, Carolina won't be able to contend.

Prediction: Bruins in six.


No. 2 Washington Capitals vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins

This is going to be an amazing series. There are so many purely talented players in this series that it is going to be hard to know who to watch out for. The Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin story line has me very intrigued to say the least. I think this series might come down to goaltending, where Pittsburgh may have the edge, at least on paper. But if Washington and their goaltender Varlamov can shut down that high powered Penguin offense, the series will be theirs.

Prediction: Capitals in seven.


Well there you have it. Let's hope I can improve my record and continue to be better than Maggie the Monkey. Take that James Duthie.