Apr 27, 2012, 11:44 AM EST
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.
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.
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.
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:
And yes, we all write about hockey for a living.
- Marian Gaborik suffers broken collarbone in return to action 8
- Martin Jones improves to 8-0-0, ties NHL record 18
- Vermette gets hat trick, including late tying goal, OT winner 2
- GM Wilson: It’s too early to tell if Hertl’s season is done 26
- A month later, Martin Erat still wants to be traded 11
- Devils lose Brunner for at least four weeks 0
- Video: Ovechkin becomes sixth fastest player to 400 goals in Caps win 14
- TGIF: Five NHL games to watch this weekend 16
- Assault charges against Varlamov dropped 37
- Carlyle on HBO presence: ‘It’s not normal what we’re living right now’ 7
- Reports: Thornton will appeal 15-game suspension (108)
- Lucic addresses fight video, says he’s ‘disgusted and outraged’ by Vancouver (104)
- Orpik: First days after Thornton attack were ‘miserable’ (72)
- Video: Penguins defeat Leafs, Bortuzzo called for illegal hit to head (71)
- Video: Marchand taunts Canucks with championship miming (69)