Second Round Predictions

April 28, 2016

What a crazy first round, am I right?! Well...my predictions for the opening round were....let's just say......a little off. Let's be honest though, there were some real bracket busters that happened. I mean the Kings going out? The Preds moving on? The defending champs bowing out early? So much crazy.

Maybe I am just a glutton for punishment, but I figure when you get kicked off the horse, you get right back on, so that's what I am doing. With that said, here are my second round predictions.

 

Capitals and Penguins

 

So this one is a tough one, because I actually have Washington going to the Stanley Cup in my official bracket, but I have the Kings winning the Cup, so we can throw that one out the window.

As I write this, the Caps have won Game 1, but I am actually going to pick the Penguins in this series. Sidney Crosby is playing great hockey right now and I just really like Pittsburgh's head of steam right now. 

Penguins in six.


Blues and Stars

 

You gotta love how the Blues stayed strong despite a big push for Game 7 by the reigning champs. Although I found Dallas to be very impressive in the first round and they were one of the few winners I got right, I am going to take St. Louis in this one. It feels like it's their year to shine and after shaking that Chicago sized monkey off their back, I feel like they might just see a trip to the Stanley Cup Final if all goes well.

Blues in six.


Islanders and Lightning

 

This series is such a blast. On one side you have "Captain Clutch" (Tavares) and on the other, you have the playoff maniac with Tyler Johnson. The series got an early start while Round 1 was still technically going and New York drew first blood. I see this series being a bit of a back and forth, but in the end the Isles move on.

New York Islanders in Seven

 

Predators and Sharks

 

Rinne and the Preds turned quite a few heads in the first round while the Sharks took care of their fellow Californian rivals from Los Angeles in somewhat dominating fashion.

I feel kind of the same about the Sharks as I do about the Blues. Both of these teams have had great teams for years, but have fallen short in the post season. With that said, I am calling a St. Louis vs. San Jose Western Conference Final.

Sharks win this one in five.

 




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