2013-2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 Predictions

NHL Playoffs

Round 1 is finally over and Round 2 match-ups are set. Who will come out victorious and make their way to the Conference Finals?

East

Boston vs. Montreal

One of the better rivalries in the NHL today, a Boston and Montreal series should not disappoint. The Bruins seem to be the team to beat this spring and while Montreal who is coming off of a series sweep against the Lightning may find that the extended time off may not have been more damaging than beneficial. With that said I think this series will eventually become all about the goalies. Can Price outperform Raask and finally lead his team to a successful playoff run? Bruins in 6

Pittsburgh vs. New York

Well Pittsburgh fans got their wish as the Rangers have advanced to the second round to face off against the Penguins. New York has been a team that Pittsburgh has had success against recently and many feel it will carry over into this series. It is hard to believe Crosby will not finally break out of his slump as he will need to if the Pens want to move on. And much like the other Eastern Conference match-up this series will showcase two very good goalies, question is who will prove to be the better of the two? Penguins in 5

West

Anaheim vs. Los Angeles

After clawing their way out of a three games to none deficit the Kings will look to continue their success against the high flying Ducks. In my opinion this may be the hardest series to predict. Both teams are strong offensively as well as defensively with strong goaltending. Without any real advantage from either team I think the pressure is more on Anaheim to take down the surging Kings. Ducks in 7

Chicago vs. Minnesota

After a hard fought first round the Wild will look to take down the Defending Cup Champions. FOr the Wild to succeed they will need flawless goaltending with a very strong series from Parise, Suter and Koivu. Unfortunately the Blackhawks have more weapons at their disposal with Kane, Toews, Hossa and Sharp. This will be a tough series for the Wild to overcome, not that it can’t happen but they will find that the Hawks are a much more capable team than the Avalanche were. Blackhawks in 5

My Round 1 Prediction Overview

My Pick: Penguins in 5
Actual: Penguins in 6

My Pick: Boston in 6
Actual: Boston in 5

My Pick: New York in 7
Actual: New York in 7

My Pick: Anaheim in 5
Actual: Anaheim in 6

My Pick: Minnesota in 6
Actual: Minnesota in 7

My Pick: St. Louis in 5
Actual: Chicago in 6

My Pick: San Jose in 7
Actual: Los Angeles in 7

Robert Slavinsky

Pittsburgh Penguins writer for hockeytracker.net. Since my childhood I have followed hockey, from the years of The Great One up to The Next One I have followed the fastest sport on ice. Growing up in Pittsburgh PA, I have had the privilege to witness some of Hockey's Greats. Since the days of Le Magnifique no other team in Pittsburgh has mattered to me but the Penguins.

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