by PuckStopsHere on 05/29/13 at 11:07 PM ET
My second round predictions went pretty well. I went 4-0. I cannot claim that there wasn't a degree of luck involved. This is especially true when you consider that two series went seven games and had game seven decided by one goal (in one case in overtime). Combining this with my 6-2 record in the first round, I have a 10-2 record so far. Thus I am guaranteed to get a 2/3 success rate in the playoffs and that would require three incorrect predictions in the remaining series.
The remaining four teams are the last four teams to win the Stanley Cup. I suppose that helps explain the predictability of things so far.
Here are my predictions for the semi-finals:
Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Boston Bruins. Pittsburgh has been the best team in the league in the second half of the season. They bulked up for the playoffs by adding Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray. They have solved their goaltending issues by playing Tomas Vokoun in goal. This team has been getting better as the season has gone on and it will be hard for anyone to beat them. I don't think Boston is up to that task.
Chicago Blackhawks defeat Los Angeles Kings. Chicago has significantly more talent than LA at forward and at defence and that is why I| make this pick. The question mark is goal. Jonathan Quick has been the best goalie in each of the last two playoffs. He is good enough to steal this series. I don't think Corey Crawford is good enough to steal a series. Despite goaltending, I pick Chicago here. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa all could be better players than any forward Los Angeles can offer. There are too many good players on the Hawks for them to likely be stopped here.
Thus I am predicting the last two teams to win the Stanley Cup to lose and the third and fourth most recent to win. When you think about it that way, it calls these predictions into question.
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