Colorado over San Jose - 6 games Detroit over St Louis - 5 games
Montreal over Carolina - 6 games Ottawa over Toronto - 7 games
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It looks to be a decent second round, some good hockey in all four series. I think the most exciting will be San Jose and Colorado, with the Sharks looking to prove themselves among the best.
Detroit should be able to work past St. Louis, but the older legs will be getting tired as the series grinds on.
The Leafs escaped a gritty battle with the Islanders, and will be hurting as they face the trapping game of the Sens. I'm hoping the Buds continue the intense play, but the series really rests on Lalime and Joseph-so far, Lalime has shown himself to be much better.
Hard to call the Montreal-Carolina series, but everyone loves the Habs this year, so hopefully they'll pull through and we'll have a classic Toronto-Montreal battle for the Eastern conference.
I agree with The Goon. We should get some good hockey in all 4 series. With that said:
Detroit over St. Louis - The only sure thing.
San Jose over Colorado - I can't wait for this series to start. This is going to be awesome.
Toronto over Ottawa - I have no idea who to pick here. It will all rest on goaltending.
Montreal over Carolina - Sorry Carolina. Sign a top notch goaltender and you will be in the finals.
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Detroit over St. Louis in 6 - St. Louis is too good of a team to go down without a fight, but go down they will.
San Jose over Colorado in 6 - Colorado was lucky to beat San Jose, and Nabokov can go save for save with Roy. San Jose's hungrier, and Sakic and Forsberg are in a scoring drought.
Carolina over Montreal in 7 - This will be hard-fought between two "Cinderella" teams, but the 'Canes have the experience advantage and that'll help in the final game.
Toronto over Ottawa in 5 - The trap didn't help Ottawa last year, and it won't help them again. Toronto's beat up, but they're on a MONSTER high after beating New York in that war of a series. Plus, Toronto should get Renberg, Cross, and maybe Yushkevich back. There's talk of Sundin coming back at some point in this series. If Ottawa loses Game 1, the boogeyman's gonna get 'em, just like last year.
I've got to say that this has been the freshest and most exciting Stanley Cup playoffs in years. I guess that's what happens when you have new teams getting into and advancing farther in the playoffs. It's been amazing thus far and trying to decide what game to tape is difficult.
This is significant progress. There are two ways the players can respond. One is to see that as a fair and reasonable deal that is ultimately where the league wants to get and sign it (with a tweak or two as needed).