Round 1 Recap
In round one I went three and one with my picks in the Western Conference and two and two in the Eastern Conference for a five and three first round record.  My wrong picks were Nashville, Montreal and Buffalo, I thought Chicago and Nashville were a toss up but didn’t think Boston and Montreal had a chance against Buffalo and Washington resectively.  Gotta give the Habs credit they looked pretty good in their series with Washington.

Round 2 Playoff Picks
In the Western Conference semi final I’m going with the following:

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks – Canucks in 6
Vancouver has something to prove after last year’s playoff defeat to the Hawks and the Hawks are coming off a tough series against the Predators.

San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings – Detroit in 6
San Jose didn’t look very good in the first round and have traditionally struggled in the playoffs, meanwhile the Motown playoff machine got stronger and stronger in each game they played.

In the Eastern Conference semi final I’m going with the following:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadians – Pittsburgh in 5
Can’t count the defending Cup Champions out and while I was happy to see the Canadians get to round 2, it was a long hard series against Washington and I don’t think they have enough left for the Pens.

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers – Flyers in 5
This is the toughest series to call as it was unlikely that either of these teams were going to make it to round 2.  I’m going with the Flyers as I thought they played better in round one and have more leadership and a style of play that is made for the Playoffs.

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