First, how did I do in Round One? Pretty damn good baby. I went 7-1. The only blemish on my record was the Ducks vs Wild but I think everyone lost on that one. Or at least thought it would go 6 or 7 games. The Wild should be ashamed of themselves with that performance. They were completely dominated. Embarrassing!!! Although I don't mind the Wild being humilated like that. Those damn defensive teams need to be smacked around like that. Or how about the Calgary Shames? Calgary Lames? They lived up to expectations....did they not? Although they did win twice, shockingly. How? Only one explanation: a miracle. And twice.
So wassup for Round Two?
Ottawa Senators vs New Jersey "coma-inducing" Devils
The Devils were lucky to get past Tampa Bay, who actually played quite good (downfall was goaltending as I predicted) but the Senators are on a roll. This team is tough and uses their speed to perfection. Brodeur keeps the series close but his best years are behind him. Sure, the Devils will try to lull the Sens (and anyone watching) into a coma with their defensive-style play. But this is the Sens' and Emery's coming out party. Ottawa in 5.
Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers
Buffalo's speed and depth will ultimately win out in this series. Both teams are kinda annoying. I don't know why, but I hate 'em both. The Rangers have an outside chance if Buffalo continues to play as they did in round one. They should have annihilated the Isles but it was a very close series, even though they won it in 5 games. It was very close, and it should not have been. I'll take Buffalo but NY Rangers have a shot. Buffalo in 6.
"Mighty Dycks" of Anaheim vs Vancouver Canucks
I hate to say this but the Mighty Dycks will win this series. I hate 'em with a passion, not only due to the Devil (aka Pronger) but because of coach Randy Carlyle. The whole team just gets on my nerves. However, if Vancouver remembers how to score goals, they have an outside chance. Luongo will have to channel every single Vezina winner of the past hundred years to give his team a chance. Another interesting side-story, GM of the Ducks used to be GM of the Canucks until he was fired (stupidly) several years ago. I never agreed with canning Burke, since he revitalized that team and then they chucked him to the curb. Could this be revenge? Yup! Duckies in 6.
Detroit Red Wings vs San Jose Sharks
Another series I do not give a shit about. Who wins? Who fucking cares. Detroit has Chelios so let's hate them. San Jose has Cheechoo, let's hate them too. Who is less hate-able?? Anyways, my first instinct is that Detroit will get this series. San Jose had trouble scoring on the powerplay which might sink their chances. This is the one series that I'm not sure about and I'd love to see Chelios and Hasek smacked around. However, I don't think that will happen (because that's what I want, so of course it won't happen). Detroit in 6.
So there are my predictions!!!
I'm watching the first few minutes of the Sabres-Rangers game and Pierre McGuire has been smacked with a stick (he's hanging out between the benches). Can I just say how wonderful that is? They just showed him, he has a couple nice marks on his ugly mug. Sweet!!! I'll pay for someone else to smack him in the face with their stick!!!