Home / General / Round 2 Picks

Round 2 Picks

Comments
/
/
/
478 Views

Speaking of frivolity…

VAN v. NSH: There are two ways you could look at Vancouver’s issues in round 1.   One way is that you have to worry about a team that was up 3-0 and needed OT in game 7 to eke out a win, and didn’t show up on home ice in Game 5.   The way I’d look at it is that after their mid-series setback they played extremely well in Games 6 and 7, and Luongo played well in the elimination game.  Considering that Chicago with Crawfod in net is a better team than Nashville, this is a pretty easy pick.   Sure, as Games 6 and 7 also showed anything can happen (or almost happen) if you run into a hot goalie and Rinne can be outstanding, and Nashville doesn’t figure to be as sloppy defensively as Chicago was, but…I think a rout is more likely than 7 games this time.   CANUCKS IN 5.

DET v. SJ: The way things played out in the first round gives me pause.  Obviously, you have to be more impressed with Detroit’s decimation of the ‘yotes than the Sharks’ often shaky 6-gamer over the depleted Kings.   I can’t ignore the possibility that Lidstrom was holding a lot in reserve Bob Gainey-style.  Still, I liked the Sharks a lot more going into the playoffs and I won’t let Detroit’s good games against Phoenix dissuade me.    I’ll take the Sharks offensively, defensively, and in net, and I don’t think Detroit’s edge behind the bench makes up for it.   SHARKS IN 6.

In the east, I’ll take Washington and Boston.   Over to you, Michael…

…We got the news: break out the hats and hooters for Berube’s picks. As the Eastern expert, he feels it will take only five games for the Bruins to drink their big black cow and get outta there.  I’m not sure, but then, my picks have proven to be less accurate more idiosyncratic.   What can I say — angular banjos sound good to me.    I just hope that someone can beat the Canucks, or I’ll have to drink scotch whisky all night long and die behind the wheel.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Linkedin
  • Pinterest
  • richard

    I like the Canucks too but think Nashville will push them to six games. The Preds played pretty solid hockey against Anaheim.

    The Sharks got some breaks in beating the Kings – a Kings collapse in one game and three OT victories. (With Kopitar, the Kings would have won easily). I think its Detroit in 7.

  • mark f

    I’ve never been a hockey fan, but ever since I realized that the Bruins beating Le Habs was just like the Boston Tea Party I’ve been a believer. I bet the King of Quebec is weeping on his throne.

  • That coughing sound? It’s the Sharks choking again. Michigander calling it: Detroit in 7.

    • Linnaeus

      I won’t make a prediction in this series, but I will say that if the Red Wings win, it won’t be because the Sharks choked. I think the series with LA exposed some real problems with San Jose and the Wings will get Zetterberg back for this round, which will take some of the pressure off of Datsyuk. On the other hand, San Jose’s power play was quite good this season, and I’m a little nervous about the Wings’ penalty kill, judging from the previous round.

      • Morbo

        Given his prediction that Phoenix would win and the resulting sweep, I’ll say Red Wings in 5.

  • “Fair and Balanced” Dave

    As to my Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ve got a name for the winners in the world. They want a name when they lose…

    • Furious Jorge

      I wish I could tell you that it was just because they missed Crosby, but when you’ve got a team on the ropes like they did and then fail to finish them off, it suggests there were more problems than just Sid’s absence.

      Not that I care either way. Go Bolts!

  • Seitz

    I probably watched about 75 of the Kings’ 82 regular season games, and all six playoff games. If that lineup can score 20 goals against the Sharks in six games, the Red Wings might score 40.

    I won’t make any predictions, but at least I have teams to root for in each series, or rather teams to root against. As a Pacific Division rival, I’ve never liked the Sharks, and the Canucks have the absolute whiniest fan base in the NHL. Go Preds and Wings.

  • Henry Holland

    I probably watched about 75 of the Kings’ 82 regular season games, and all six playoff games. If that lineup can score 20 goals against the Sharks in six games, the Red Wings might score 40.

    Yep. I watched about the same amount of games as you and it was so frustrating how the Kings could look like the best young team in the NHL and then play like utter garbage for 10 minutes > give up 3 goals. The Jekyll/Hyde nature of the team has to be sorted out.

    Canucks in 7
    Wings in 6

  • FMguru

    That’s a lot of Aja references in one paragraph, Scott.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Dhat’s da running joke.

  • I just hope that someone can beat the Canucks, or I’ll have to drink scotch whisky all night long and die behind the wheel.

    I’m not sure the Predators are up to the job. They’re gonna have to play like Romans with their eyes on fire, and learn to strike at the stroke of midnight. I’m thinking that for the Canucks, the danger on the rocks is surely past.

  • Lee Hartmann

    Well, you guys should know how all the pros play the game.

  • Fighting Words

    I guess I’m the only Sharks fan here.

  • Craig Berube

    If I wasn’t behind the bench, I’d be out there fixing to break Pronger’s perky little nose.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Well, you were the best player we acquired in the Gilmour trade. Michael would have been the second-best…

It is main inner container footer text