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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