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Playoffs Round 2

April 25, 2007

So in the First round I went 4-0 in the Eastern Conference and was correct on the number of games in 2 cases (Bufallo and New Jersey), the in Western Conference I was a paltry 1-4 but I was game number correct in that one game.  Now on to round 2.

(1) Buffalo Sabres vs. (6) New York Rangers
    The Islanders exposed something in Buffalo in the first series.  Either they took them too lightly or they aren’t showing the work effort needed to win.  Buffalo needs to get better or the Rangers will pick them apart.  The Rangers are playing smart, disciplined, determined hockey and they are confident right now.  They could steal this series, if Buffalo doesn’t step it up a notch.  I don’t think they will, Buffalo will coast a couple of games and the Rangers will give them a fight, but in the end Buffalo prevails and moves on.

       Sabres in Seven

(2) New Jersey Devils vs. (4) Ottawa Senators
    New Jersey (and Brodeur) took a couple of games off during the first series, but then Brodeur got his ass in gear and by association the rest of the team.  The Senators are a deeper offensive team, but not as sound defensively.  The Devils and managed to find a transition game and have Brodeur.  This one comes down to goaltending. 

       Devils in Seven

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (5) San Jose Sharks
    It took Detroit 6 games to dispatch a very ordinary looking Calgary team.  Sure they were more physical than Calgary but Calgary managed to muster like 3 shots a game on Hasek.  San Jose nullified Nashville (who was my pick for Western Conference Champ) pretty effectively and didn’t get a lot of scoring from the Thorton/Cheecho line.  San Jose is methodical and relentless, they just keep coming.

       Sharks in Six

(2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (3) Vancouver Canucks
    I thought the Wild’s suffocating defense could nullify the Ducks offense and they would win out being more used to winning low scoring games.  If it weren’t for a mercy game in their own building the Wild would have been swept.  Anaheim is a juggernaut, I was on the bandwagon during the Giguire losing run in 2003.

       Ducks in five

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