NHL Playoffs Round 2 Predictions

Wade SobczakContributor IMay 1, 2009

I got all but one of my first round picks correct, which was the Ducks/Sharks series. I had the Sharks in seven, but did say that it could go either way. Tough call for anyone to make on that series (except for the Ducks I guess).

Anyway, here is my second round:



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

Boston is still playing great at a time when they usually become flat. They showed no signs of slowing down against the Habs but were forced to once they swept them. The Canes had a tough series with the Devils and showed they can beat even the best goalies, so they are ready for Tim Thomas. Boston dominated them in the season series but I think the Canes will give them a run, but then run out of steam as the Boston defense will be too much for them.

Pick: Bruins in six


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

What a great series. This is EXACTLY what hockey needs for more people to appreciate it. I hope a lot of people watch these games. It will no doubt be a great series. I think it will go all the way to game seven. Neither one of these rivals, more specifically Crosby and Ovechkin, will want to go down against each other. I think AO loves the game and the fans a lot more than Crosby does. I think AO's passion will carry them in game seven at home, giving them the win.

Pick: Capitals in seven




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

Anaheim is coming off a huge win in their series against the President's trophy winning Sharks. This series is going to be very good. The Wings have four great O-lines and the Ducks have three great D-lines. However, the difference I see here is that the Wings D-lines are much better than the Ducks' O-lines. Let's face it, the Ducks have one good O-line, and that's the Getzlaf line. Other than that, I see the Wings' Defense being able to dominate the other lines of the Ducks.

The Wings have too much depth, and if Ozzie continues to play like he did in the first round, I'm taking the Wings all the way. Also, Jonas Hiller is brand new to the playoffs and did a great job in round one. However, he played against the Sharks, who did not put anybody in front of the net. I do not think Hiller will be able to contend and continue to play as well as he did against San Jose when he has Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen in his face. 

Pick: Red Wings in six



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

Chicago showed that they are ready to be an elite team again by beating Miikka Kiprusoff and the Flames. Vancouver looked absolutely unstoppable in round one in their sweep of a very good St. Louis Blue team. Luongo is fired up and looks like a wall with his 95% save percentage. It will be a very interested series but I think the Canucks are too good for this young Blackhawk team. However, I can still see the Hawks coming away with a couple wins.


Pick: Canucks in six