Sunday, May 16, 2010

3rd Round Predictions


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Round 3 of the NHL 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs start today. The conference finals are the last stop before the Stanley Cup Finals, and 4 teams are battling for 2 spots in the Stanley Cup Finals. Thankfully, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2, so I really have few grudges against any of these teams…

Eastern Conference
Philadelphia Flyers (#7) vs. Montreal Canadiens (#8)
Western Conference
San Jose Sharks (#1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (#2)

And here are the Musings of a Caps Fan 3rd Round playoff predictions….

Eastern Conference
Montreal Canadiens in 6
Western Conference
Chicago Blackhawks in 7

Jaroslav Halak & Co. have faced the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal and have not flinched. The Philadelphia Flyers, with goalie issues (regardless of how well Michael Leighton has been for 2.5 games) among their problems, simply are not in the same class as the Capitals or the Penguins. Meanwhile, Chicago is just more deep than San Jose… but the series could go either way.

I hope I do better in this round….

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