NHL Playoffs Predictions: Habs, Ducks, Rangers, Wild in Second Round
Let’s take a look at our bracket. We got the entire Eastern Conference right, and we’ve made profit on the first round of the NHL Playoffs again. We got five of the eight and missed the Minnesota Wild taking out the Blues and the Calgary Flames taking out the Canucks. Honestly, if Shea Weber doesn’t go down I think the Nashville Predators had a great chance at knocking off the Chicago Blackhawks. All in all, not a bad round. Our Finals picks are still alive, and we were low confidence on a couple of those losses. We won money in the first round, and now, with a better grasp of the NHL playoffs field, we look to build on it. Here’s my picks for the NHL Playoffs second round where I’ve got the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild advancing.
New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals
I don’t trust the way Holtby looks right now, but more troubling for the Washington Capitals is how poor the offense looks. I don’t think anyone would say the Isles were a good defensive team down the stretch, but the Caps made them look legitimate. I think the New York Rangers, rested and suited for a series like this one, will win a few grinding games and keep control of the series
- NYR in five
Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning
- Habs in 5
Anaheim Ducks vs Calgary Flames
Calgary looks great right now, but let’s look at who they beat before we give them too much credit. The Flames took out a team with no goalie, no depth, no consistent scoring. The Anaheim Ducks have found a goalie who can stay hot, the best offense in the playoffs in my opinion, and defensive depth. Calgary will give them a fight, but I think the Ducks will prevail.
- Ducks in 7
Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild
- Wild in 6
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