Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens
Wes’s Pick: Montreal Canadiens In 7 Games
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
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.