Full round two schedule curtesy of the NHL. It should be noted that there is no Saturday night game this week. Make some plans to see friends or something because we have no hockey.
Season Series: 2-1-1 for Montreal
Pre-Series Read: Andrew Berkshire discovers there is no such thing as "Montreal typical" and opposing teams should want French referees calling the games at the Bell Centre.
Analytical Perspective: The Montreal Canadiens website ran some numbers, analyzed some tape, and came up how the Habs can win. (Conversely, also how the Bruins can win).
The Bruins win if…they don't get too caught up in the after the whistle nonsense and stick to playing hockey. The Bruins are a good team, the Habs are in their heads though. The key for Boston is to stick with hockey because they are good at hockey.
The Habs win if…they play hockey with a small lineup and attack with speed. Montreal changed to a team that carried the puck in and played a more puck possession centric game. If they continue to do this, they should find success. They are also excellent at agitating the Bruins to insanity, a key component to beating them.
Season Series: 2-2
The Penguins win if… Marc-Andre Fleury doesn't play like playoff Marc-Andre Fleury. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin get some luck. Brandon Sutter continues to play well and Brooks Orpik remains sidelined. Seriously, the Pens are playing much better without him in the lineup.
The Rangers win if… Rick Nash gets some luck, like Crosby and Malkin. Henrik Lundqvist plays like the goalie he is and they shoot un-Ranger like in the playoffs. Face it, they should out-possess and out-goaltend the Pens easily.
Season Series: 3-1 ANA
Pre-Series Read: Brian Compton tells us this is the first time ever we get a SoCal playoff series.
The Ducks win if… they play to even 5 on 5. The Ducks are a lucky team and they need that luck to continue. Good goaltending and good special teams are the key to their playoff success. Also, they should exploit Robyn Regehr and Matt Greene.
The Kings win if… they continue to play their dominating puck possession game and Willie Mitchell regains health soon. If they have to continue to play Robyn Regehr and Matt Greene, things could get sketchy. And Jonathan Quick has to be decent, he doesn't have to be great, but he cannot blow games.
Season Series: 2-2
Pre-Series Read: Chicago provides some surface analysis of their plausible opponents.
Analytical Perspective: Hockey Wilderness looks in on the play of their defence.
The Blackhawks win if… they don't get caught being something they are not. They are a skilled team that can get unhinged by physical play and lose games (see game 2 against the St. Louis Blues). If they avoid that, they are a dominating team.
The Wild win if… um, I really don't know if the Wild can win here. They played great against a weak possession team, but they are down Darcy Kuemper most likely and the Blackhawks are a good possession team. Good luck, Ilya Bryzgalov and keep Matt Cooke away from hockey.
via i.imgur.comRound Two Predictions
|Boston||Win in 5||Win in 6||Win in 6||Win in 6||Win in 5||Win in 6||Win in 6||Win in 6|
|Montreal||Win in 7||Win in 6||Win in 7|
|Pittsburgh||Win in 6||Win in 6||Win in 6||Win in 7||Win in 7|
|New York||Win in 6||Win in 6||Win in 5||Win in 6||Win in 6||Win in 6|
|Anaheim||Win in 7||Win in 7|
|Los Angeles||Win in 5||Win in 6||Win in 5||Win in 6||Win in 5||Win in 5||Win in 6||Win in 7||Win in 7|
|Chicago||Win in 5||Win in 5||Win in 5||Win in 5||Win in 5||Win in 5||Win in 5||Win in 5||Win in 6||Win in 5||Win in 5|
|Right so far||5||4||6||5||6||5||6||6||3||6||N/A|