April 26, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; The Florida Panthers congratulate the New Jersey Devils following the second overtime period of game seven of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at BankAtlantic Center. The Devils won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Taking Stock.... And Round Two Picks!

Now that round one just ended a few minutes ago, I wanted to come back and see how well I fared with my initial predictions. The original blog is here but here’s a refresher:

I picked:

Philly over Pens in 4 – Philly would eventually pull it off, but in 6. Got the right team, wrong number of games. Close enough to be called a partial victory!

LA over Van in 5 – WINNER WINNER

Nashville over Detroit in 6 – Picked the right squad, but it took only 5 games! Partial win!

San Jose over St. Louis in 7 – Wrong and even more wrong! I was a doubter, but St. Louis took it in 5!

New York over Ottawa in 6 – Right team, but it took the NYR 7 games to dispatch the pesky Sens!

Washington over Boston in 7 – WINNER, WINNER

Phoenix over Blackhawks in 6 – WINNER, WINNER.

Florida over New Jersey in 7 – Right number of games, but New Jersey came through on a snipe by Calder cup finalist Adam Henrique in overtime!

So all in all, not too shabby. Picked the right series winner in 6 of 8 series. Had more difficulty with the number of games, getting that right only 4 out of 8 times.

We’ll see if I can improve in Round 2:

Nashville vs. Coyotes: I like Nashville’s depth here and I like their experience. Nashville in 6! I give Pekka Rinne the edge over Mike Smith, though he’s been playing out of his mind. I think the Preds hunker down and take this one.

LA vs. St. Louis: I pick St. Louis in 7. I think they’re evenly matched, but that St.Louis has a little more offensive depth. Should see big contributions from vets like Langenbrunner, McDonald and the young guns. LA just doesn’t have the goalscoring depth to counter L.A. Another huge defensive battle here. 

In the East…

New Jersey vs. Philedelphia: I like Philly here, but only if Bryz actually plays hockey this time around. Philly has the offensive depth and leadership to get this done, but if it comes down to a goaltending battle I’m not sure Bryz is up to the challenge, even facing an aging Brodeur. My gut tells me Philly in 5.

New York Rangers vs. Capitals: As much as I like what the Rangers have built this season, I think the Caps are a dangerous team right now. Playing basically with no contribution from Ovie, but a backchecking Semin and the role players have stepped up. Took care of Boston fairly easily and if Holtby keeps this up then I forsee the Rangers having trouble with them. Capitals in 6. 

I’m much less confident about these picks, but we’ll see!

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