First off, my picks from the first round:
Chicago in 7 – Actual Result: Vancouver in 7
San Jose in 6 – Actual result: San Jose in 6
Phoenix in 6 – Actual result : Detroit in 4
Anaheim in 7 – Actual Result: Nashville in 6
Washington in 5 – Actual Result: Washington in 5
Philadelphia in 5 - Actual Result: Philadelphia in 7
Boston in 6 – Actual Result: Boston in 7
Tampa Bay in 5 – Actual Result: Tampa Bay in 7
Overall I picked 5 of the 8 series winners correctly, and even got the number of games right twice. The only series I completely missed was Detroit and Phoenix, I really thought Phoenix would play better, and that Detroit’s injuries would catch up to them. I am not surprised in Nashville winning, in fact, I’m more surprised on how poorly Anaheim played, though their goaltending may have cost them the series. Vancouver And Chicago was everything we thought it would be, and then some. I’m very sad at the result, but the series was fun to watch.
In round two we have Washington/Tampa Bay, Philadelphia/Boston, Vancouver/Nashville, and San Jose/Detroit. I am very much looking forward to Philly/Boston and San Jose/Detroit. They should be amazing series, and I’m super excited for them. But, the predictions:
Washington in 6 – Tampa is good, but does have holes, and Washington is playing the best hockey I’ve seen the team play since Ovechkin arrived
Boston in 6 – Goaltending decides this series, and on paper, that is no contest here
Nashville in 7 – Nashville is probably the best team no one knows anything about. All they’ve done is win a lot of gams in a very difficult division. Watch out for them.
Detroit in 6 – Detroit is probably going to be the healthiest and most rested they’ve been all season. Look out for this team.