A2) Ottawa Senators vs. EWC1) New York Rangers
Both teams earned their way through here after grinding out a six-game series in the previous round. The Senators were fueled by the resurgence of Bobby Ryan. Henrik Lundqvist allowed only 11 goals as the Rangers beat the Canadiens in six. This series is destined to be low-scoring, but experience matters in this series, and that’s why I am leaning towards the Rangers in this series.
Prediction: NYR in 6
M1) Washington Capitals vs. M2) Pittsburgh Penguins
This might be THE series to watch in the second round. You know the teams. You know the players. You know the rivalry. A team that’s expected to win vs. a team that’s trying to do something that hasn’t been done in nearly 20 years. My belief is that whoever wins this series will most likely represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
Prediction: WSH in 7
C3) St. Louis Blues vs. WWC2) Nashville Predators
No one thought the #3 and the #4 teams from the Central Division would meet in the second round. But they are, and this series is gonna be a good one. A team that literally shut down THE team to beat in the Western Conference takes on a team that’s trying to prove they’re no fluke despite having a new guy between the pipes. Right now, the Predators look like the most complete team in the Western Conference…and the most dangerous team left in the bracket.
Prediction: NSH in 6
P1) Anaheim Ducks vs. P2) Edmonton Oilers
The Ducks had nearly one week’s worth of rest after sweeping the Calgary Flames in four straight games. But sometimes in the Playoffs, rest is rust. The Oilers have to believe this if they want to have a chance to reach the Western Conference Finals. But like I said in the beginning, experience matters, and the Ducks are the most experienced team left in the Western Conference. Sometimes, just being there can make all the difference in a playoff series.
Prediction: ANA in 6