Well, if the NHL isn’t fixed, they sure are lucky to get the Washington and Pittsburgh match up in the Eastern Conference. That’s going to be a big series with Ovechkin vs. Crosby all over it or maybe even Ovechkin vs. Malkin.
For the previous round I got a good number of the winning teams right (five out of eight), but I missed the number of games for the series for all but one (out of eight). For this round there are only four series going on which I’ll be brief about.
BOSTON vs. CAROLINA
I’m going with CAROLINA on this one, though my gut is telling me Boston will take it. I’m going with Eric Staal leading his team to another series victory. I didn’t expect them to beat New Jersey, but I think they’ll be able to challenge Boston.
WASHINGTON vs. PITTSBURGH
Like I said above, this is a match up the NHL wants because it’ll draw hockey fans to the series even though the fan’s team isn’t represented simply because it is superstars against superstars with Ovechkin headlining with Crosby. This is a really tough one because I think Washington has more to their team. I’d like to say Pittsburgh, but I’m thinking it will go to Washington. Still, I thought Pittsburgh were down and out to Philly… so I’ll go with PITTSBURGH.
DETROIT vs. ANAHEIM
DETROIT. Without a doubt. I suspect it’ll be a longer series, going to 6 or 7 but Detroit will come out on top. My hate for Anaheim aside, Detroit just has all the talent and are the most versatile.
VANCOUVER vs. CHICAGO
I’m going with VANCOUVER on this one. I’m going against my gut feeling again which is telling me to pick Chicago. During the regular season, Chicago won the first two games against Vancouver, while the next two games, Vancouver defeated them handedly (7-3 and 4-0). I just think Vancouver will smother them and keep the talent from showing. The first few games will set the tone for the series which will either be really long if Chicago can overcome the wet blanket that is Vancouver, or really short if they cannot.
CAROLINA in 7
PITTSBURGH in 6
DETROIT in 6
VANCOUVER in 5
There you go.