NHL Playoff Predictions: Second Round

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Eastern Conference

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Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens

Wes’s Pick: Montreal Canadiens In 7 Games

The Candiens are better than most people believe. The defense played strong against the Lightning and the offense is having no problems scoring. Going up against the Bruins with Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask won’t be easy, but the Canadiens have shown this season, they can get under Boston’s skin. It will be a close series, but Montreal will earn the final win to move on.


Brett’s Pick: Boston Bruins In 7 Games

The Montreal Canadiens shocked a lot of people, including me, in the first round when they swept the Tampa Bay Lightning, but I’m going with the Boston Bruins in the series. The Bruins looked very good in the first round of the NHL playoffs when they defeated the Red Wings in 5 games. I think the size and toughness of the Boston Bruins will just be too much for Montreal. The Bruins are a very big, skilled, exciting team that knows how to win games. Having Tuukka Rask in net also won’t hurt.


New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Wes’s Pick: New York Rangers In 6 Games

Both teams had some problems in the first round, but either way they’re both here. Most will look at the Rangers that couldn’t finish the Flyers until seven games, while the Pens will always be doubted because of Marc-Andre Fleury. The Rangers’ offense is deep, especially with the recent play of Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot. Their defense will be able to suffocate the Penguins’ offense to move onto the third round.


Brett’s Pick: New York Rangers In 7 Games

In round one, the New York Rangers were able to get past a tough team in the Philadelphia Flyers. They were able to do this without both Dan Girardi and Ryan MacDonaugh playing well. The two defensemen scored a combined 3 points and were a combined -3. I don’t expect that poor play to continue for those two world class defensemen. Both team struggled in the first round, but New York has been one of the league’s best team in the NHL since the Olympic break. Ultimately, I think it will come down to goal-tending, and I’d take Henrik Lundqvist over Marc-Andre Fleury any day.


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