by PuckStopsHere on 05/17/14 at 12:16 AM ET
The second round of the playoffs has completed. My predictions were correct in the West Conference and incorrect in the East Conference. That 2-2 record added to my 7-1 record in the first round gives me a 9-3 record overall. I am guaranteed to have a winning record in my playoff predictions regardless of what happens from here on in. So far all my incorrect predictions have come in seven game series which were obviously very close calls.
On to the third round predictions:
Chicago Blackhawks defeat Los Angeles Kings. Chicago has more frontline talent in Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa and others. Los Angeles is not without talent in Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, but it doesn't run as deep as it does in Chicago. On paper, goaltending should be an area where Los Angeles is favored, but so far Corey Crawford has outplayed Jonathan Quick in the playoffs.
New York Rangers defeat Montreal Canadiens. This series is two teams that I didn't imagine would make the semi-finals. It should have great goaltending in Henrik Lundqvist vs. Carey Price. I think the Rangers advantage comes from having more proven offensive talent in Martin St Louis, Brad Richards and Rick Nash. These players haven't been dominant so far in the playoffs but they have more talent than the top Montreal forwards. Montreal lacks any forwards with their frontline talent. Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher lead the Habs forwards in scoring in the playoffs and they do not have the same ability to take over this series as the top Ranger forwards.
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