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2010 NHL playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 2 predictions

Apr 29, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

teehee.jpgAnother round, another set of darts.

This time, we’re taking a look at Round 2 of the 2010 NHL Playoffs (also known as the Conference Semifinals, if you’re a stickler for details). I think the question is: which team will torment us with their upset special this round?

Next up, the Eastern Conference. Click here for our Western predictions.

[4] Pittsburgh vs. [8] Montreal

Brandon: The Canadiens are incredibly confident and riding a stellar performance by Jaroslav Halak into the second round. The Penguins have a clear road ahead of them to the Stanley Cup finals. Pittsburgh in 6.

James: The Pittsburgh Penguins can often be like a “truth serum” for Cinderella teams. Look at Carolina: they upset the Devils and Bruins only to hit a brick wall of reality as Pittsburgh summarily swept them. This Penguins team isn’t as hot as last year’s, but they outclass Montreal in almost every category. Then again, so did Washington … Pittsburgh in 5.

Joe: So Montreal slayed one giant in seven games and while that’s nice and all, I am doubting the Habs have the ability to throw the trap clamps down on Sid, Malkin and everyone else the same way. I’ll say the same thing I said (wrongly) about the Caps series, the Penguins will win it but not without frustration and a scare or two. Pittsburgh in 6.

[6] Boston vs. [7] Philadelphia

Brandon: The Flyers needed a shootout in the final game of the season to make the playoffs, and here they are in the second round. Unfortunately, the Bruins are playing better defense and have better goaltending than the Devils did. Bruins in 6.

James: It’s utterly ridiculous that the Boston Bruins will host a second round series. Just flat-out dumb. This series is a tough call, but I think the Bruins will grind it out against a wounded Flyers team. Bruins in 6.

Joe: This is going to be an ugly series and while both teams are playing well right now that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a joy to watch. I know Brian Boucher had a great first series and all, but Tuukka Rask is the star of this show. Well, as much of a star as he’ll have to be facing 25 shots a game. The Flyers showed the knack to make things work and showed a renewed interest in playing defense but Boston, of late, has just showed they have ways to make it work. Bruins in 6.

  1. Bob Clarke - Apr 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Didnt all you jerks say Devils 6 !! Your predictions are worthless

  2. sean - Apr 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    yup, they basically had the same reasons too
    boucher sucks, flyers can’t score and don’t play defense.
    we shall see…..

  3. Bob - Apr 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    and yet. here you are. reading and responding…I agree with the predictions. I just hope the Penguins don’t completely walk their way to the finals like 2 years ago. but realistically, the east should be set. Penguins are just too good and too deep to be upset.

  4. andy - Apr 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    James – You know what I think is “flat-out dumb”? Your blatant ignorance to the fact that anything can happen in the playoffs. The regular season, stats, standings, go out the window. It’s practically a different game. And Joe , to say this series won’t be a joy to watch… Do you have any idea of the history between the Flyers and Bruins? This series is going to be great to watch. You don’t need a superstar vs superstar storyline for great hockey.

  5. Lance - Apr 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    typical predictions, everyone always counts the flyers out, but we definitely shall see.

  6. MP - Apr 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    hey bob clarke (clever pseudonym for a philly fan),
    my guess is that if they all picked the flyers in 6 you’d think their predictions are priceless.
    and if you have that much disregard for their perdictions, why were you looking for them in the first place?

  7. MP - Apr 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Bruins in 5.

  8. Posty - May 1, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Imagine being a Philly or Bruins fan on the West Coast and getting up for a 9 am game start on a Saturday. WTF?! NBC should not treat the NHL like a fifth rate sport. The NHL deserves much better. If Versus had the game I am sure it would be on at a more hockey watching friendly time.

  9. Dee - May 13, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    if the flyers win tomorrow, when is the first game of the eastern conference finals

  10. Gino - May 14, 2010 at 5:29 AM

    LOL. All you Hab Haters get to eat your words again.
    I’m sick of experts only looking at stats. Montreal has a GREAT core of players. Great Defenceman and Goalies win series, and we clearly demonstrated that. Pittsburgh could not win a tough series as they lost their top guy last year: Hal Gill.
    Brandon, James and Joe all wrong again. Even their Bruins/Flyers prediction is so off.
    Experts my ass. Anyone can look at season stats and pick the best team.

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