At the beginning of round 2, I predicted the following outcomes. Let’s see where we are heading…..
Original predictions: Penguins in 6, Ottawa in 7, Anaheim in 7, Nashville in 6
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals
This curse of the President’s Cup winner is on and this series looked like it might go 4 straight for Pittsburgh but Washington is waking up and the man leading the charge is Alex Ovechkin.
Let’s make this point clear: Ovechkin has to carry the team on his back and perform; he needs to be the difference maker or else a loss in round 2 will continue to define the Ovechkin-era Capitals
as chokers. It’s their time and the Capitals must dig deep to win this series. The Penguins will try and end the series at home on Monday night.
Pick: Pittsburgh to win the series
Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers
The Rangers looked good at the beginning of the series, however, Ottawa is a team that is finally coming into its own.
With a supporting cast like Kyle Turris and Alex Burrows, Ottawa has a lot of depth and if they stay the course, they could likely win the
series next Tuesday. The Rangers are in tough, Lundqvist needs to steal a game or two if they are going to win.
I’m going to stick with my prediction on this one.
pick: Ottawa to win the series
Anaheim Ducks vs the Edmonton Oilers
Men vs boys, round 2 is what this series is. In round one the Oilers were lucky to get by the experienced Sharks, however, the Ducks are a
tough team. The 4 horsemen ( Perry, Bieksa, Kesler and Getzlaf) can wear you down and punish you physically. Yes, the Oilers have McDavid and a lot of speed,
but they are no match physically for the skill and size of the Ducks. Momentum is on Anaheim’s side as they were granted a goal that should have been called back for goalie interference,
Look for Anaheim to clinch the series tonight in the Oilers’ barn.
pick: Anaheim to win the series
Nashville Predators vs St Louis Blues.
I don’t like the Blues, never have. PK Subban is proving that the Habs may have made a BIG mistake in trading their franchise D man
last summer for Shea Weber. PK Subban is a very entertaining player to watch for the Predators and he has helped them play a mode wide open style
of hockey. Look for this one to end tonight in Smashville.
pick: Nashville to win the series.
Good luck with your picks and enjoy round 2!