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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 2 picks — in five words

Apr 27, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 24: Scottie Upshall #19 of the Florida Panthers warms up against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 24, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

We were hesitant to use the “five words” gimmick again after what transpired in Round 1 — everybody but Dadoun stunk out the joint — but decided to press on because hey, coming up with new ideas is hard.

So the same rules apply for Round 2.

We. Only. Used. Five. Words.

Western Conference

No. 2 St. Louis vs. No. 8 Los Angeles

Ryan Dadoun (Blues in 5): Blues’ goalies will outshine Quick.

James O’Brien (Kings in 6): Kings’ top talent mutes Blues.

Joe Yerdon (Blues in 6): No one scores, Blues win.

Jason Brough (Blues in 7): Not picking against Blues again.

Mike Halford (Kings in 6): Kings reminiscent of ’04 Flames.

No. 3 Phoenix vs. No. 4 Nashville

Dadoun (Preds in 6): Late acquisitions are propelling Predators.

O’Brien (Preds in 6): Pekka Rinne ain’t Corey Crawford.

Yerdon (Preds in 6): Preds are ‘Yotes, but better.

Brough (Preds in 6): ‘Yotes happy to be there.

Halford (Preds in 5): Trotz finally makes conference finals.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York Rangers vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals

Dadoun (Rangers in 7): Holtby can’t carry Capitals forever.

O’Brien (Rangers in 6): Holtby can’t do it alone.

Yerdon (Rangers in 7): Honestly, flip a coin here.

Brough (Rangers in 7): Sens scare good for Blueshirts.

Halford (Capitals in 7): Bouncing Bruins gave Caps swagger.

No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils

Dadoun (Flyers in 6): Flyers: My new Cup favorite.

O’Brien (Flyers in 5): Philly makes Marty look old.

Yerdon (Flyers in 5): Your difference maker? Ilya Bryzgalov.

Brough (Flyers in 6): Beating Pens? Impressive. Florida? Less.

Halford (Flyers in 6): Flyers have Giroux. Devils don’t.

Round 1 results:

Dadoun 6-for-8
O’Brien 3-for-8
Yerdon 4-for-8
Brough 3-for-8
Halford 3-for-8

And yes, we all write about hockey for a living.

  1. Jason Brough - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I don’t want to make excuses for my 3-5 record, but I was playing through a pretty serious knee injury.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      I kinda wish one or two of you fools would have picked the devils….when you all pick Philly, that doesnt necessarily imply the Flyers are still “flying under the radar”…but as a Philadelphia fan, I will always be extremely superstitious and borderline pessimistic…until they start winning championships against teams that dont have a mascot called the devil rays….but hey…a rings a ring..

  2. charlutes - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I wouldn’t beat myself up about incorrect predictions. NHL hockey is utterly random. The bouncing rubber puck drops, grown men run into each other for 3 hours and the puck bounces into one net more than the other.

    Don’t believe me? Try betting on hockey games. Its a coin flip unless its Columbus VS Vancouver.

    There are 0 dominant teams in the NHL: The best teams don’t look any better than the 8 seeds in either conference. If you’re smart, you pick defense over offense because the trap is easy, beating the trap is not.

    Better solution: Go watch baseball.

    • sunking1 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Baseball: next to Soccer, the best non-prescription cure for insomnia on the market

      HOCKEY RULES

  3. crashinghero - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Holtby is given way too much importance for the Caps win over the Bruins. He made the saves he had to, but it was the commitment to team defense that stifled the Bruins. Holtby has a lot of potential, but he’s not there yet. Around half of the B’s goals were softies, and the rest came when the defense failed to clear out the first rebound (which he is way too prone to give up).

    Point being, I expect the Caps to continue through the round. They aren’t relying on the heroics of any single player, be it Ovechkin or Holtby, but are winning as a team. There’s no head to chop off, and a lot of people on the Caps would have to start playing a lot worse for them to be in serious trouble like they were against Tampa last year.

    Also, watching the Rangers two goals last night, neither could have been scored against the Caps. Since Hunter got here, even our iffiest d-men know to go to the ice to take away the cross in front of the crease. Couldn’t believe Ottowa gave that up twice…

    • rsl22 - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      I agree with your assessment of the Caps/Holtby. For all the talk about Holtby being the next Hextall/Roy/rookie hero goalie…he’s sitting in 8th in playoff GAA and 7th in playoff S%.

      I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s been great….but I can’t sit here and say he’s the only reason for the Caps getting through to second round.

  4. jwaz8 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Yes if you want to bet, go bet on baseball. It’s the most boring, predictable game in the world. Want to watch exciting, dramatic, physical, unpredictable action? Look no further than the NHL playoffs.

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Ugh, too many underdogs pulling it out… I went 6 for 8 only screwing up the rags and preds series. Hopefully the time of the underdogs doesn’t help the devils here, but helps the caps in round 2.

  6. philsosexy - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Finally some love for Philly! This is our year

  7. ron05342 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    You guys really aren’t very good at this.

    Most of you picked Pittsburgh when even the most casual fan knows their defense was like Swiss cheese. Most knowledgeable fans knew Pittsburgh couldn’t make a long run with that defense…but Philly exposed them even earlier than most of thought. They would never have had a chance against New York or Jersey and their stingy defenses.

    Now you are picking the Blues…trying to adapt to defense-minded clubs. The problem there is the Kings are in the way…another outstanding defensive club that has increased its goal-scoring three-fold in the past two months. Anyone picking the Blues against the Kings is a fool. I didn’t get past that round, seeing 3 out of 5 pick the Blues…reading the rest would have just been a waste of time.

  8. lesleyvissersfacelift - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Why does your article about Round 2 include a picture of a Florida Panther?

    • ron05342 - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      LOL. Good one.

      The short answer is that these guys keep using the same stock photos of players and logos (see “Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012″) and that they are versatile enough maybe to get a different photo. Whenever they had an article about Cory Schneider, it was always the same photo of him looking up at the rafters. Same thing for each and every player they wrote about.

      Not enough imagination in the offices of PHT. Short answer.

  9. foovana - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Devils in 7!! The Round 2 upset!!

  10. highlander24 - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. islandersfan - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    On the majority of series there seems to be a great consensus (and I agree with those even if I may not cheer for them) St Louis v LA though seems split.

    Here’s why LA shouldn’t be forgotten – this is what most people expected all year from them, a good amount of goals (not great, just good) great Defense and great goaltending. St Louis isn’t going to be a pushover but they have a lot of kids who haven’t done this before playing big roles. LA’s big guns have mostly been here before. It’ll be a good series though with some wicked Defense.

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