NHL Play-offs 2009: my predictions for round 2

Well, well, well. 1 round tips were ok. Not grand, but ok, I think. 5 of 8, 2 with the right score, 3 almost.Here is round 2:

Penguins – Capitals: 4-2
The games against the Rangers have shown a bit that the Caps need to fire on all cylinders to be effective. When one of their players was not up to 100% they had trouble converting. I think Pittsburgh has too much offensively. But defensively they hold the edge es well, so the road ends here for the Caps.

Hurricanes – Bruins: 3-4
Home ice advantage will win the series ultimately for the Bruins, their fans’ passion prove to be the deciding factor.

Ducks – Red Wings: 1-4
The Ducks overachieved to beat the Sharks. They should have been a better team during the regular season but weren’t. The Wings are better on defense and guys like Hossa, Zetterberg or Datsyuk haven’t even started yet.

Blackhawks – Canucks: 3-4
I haven’t seen anything of these two teams this year at all, so it is the hardest to call for me. I am guessing that the Canucks have the edge, getting healthy bodies back in the line-up, the (slightly) better goalie and the enigmatic play-off wild card Mats Sundin. He may just show up this once…

We’ll see. Watching on ESPN360 rocks, though I was asking myself whether the package on NHL.com might have been the better experience. Saw it too late though.

NHL Play-offs 2009: my predictions for round 1

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Ducks – Sharks: 2-4
A Scott Niedermeyer on a roll is not enough, the Sharks just have too much against it.

Blue Jackets – Red Wings: 0-4
Let’s call a spade a spade. Maybe this is wishful thinking on my part, but the Blue Jackets are first-timers and just not as good. Hard games, one-goal games. But still.

Blues – Canucks: 1-4
See above, but I think the Mason will steal one for the Blues. I am not a big Sundin fan but it will be Luongo carrying this team to the next round.

Flames – Blackhawks: 4-2
Upset, because the Bulin Wall won’t be enough. Maybe they go down 0-1 and 1-2, but in the end experience should persevere.

Canadiens – Bruins: 1-4
Just a feeling. No 5th gear the Habs can shift into.

Rangers – Capitals: 2-4
How I wish the Rangers would win this, but Gomez was never a superstar and Drury didn’t carry the teams on his own. He came through, but I think this is too hard. The dead line acquisitions, I don’t know. Maybe it does work. But the Caps are really strong, payed their dues last year and are destined for more.

Hurricanes – Devils: 2-4
Again, I wish Shanahan would get another shot, but he chose location over chances. Normally I don’t bet against Brodeur, but I think the long pause might have hurt his play.

Flyers – Penguins: 2-4
I see the problem in Philly’s goal and the strength in Pittsburgh’s middle. Defensively, both are no Red Wings defense.