The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was historic for upsets. Some of the craziest games we will ever see were played. With that in mind… I know, all of the second-round predictions I make here could go really wrong! However, it’s no fun without predictions.
Eastern Conference Second Round:
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
The Canes did what I thought was the impossible, knocked the Champs out of the opening round. Now, they will face the real reason Washington won last year, Barry Trotz. Who has the Islanders locked into a system that is going to be hard to beat with goaltender Robin Lehner between the pipes.
Islanders in 5
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins
The Blue Jackets not only pulled off a stunning upset win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, they did it in a sweep of the Presidents’ Trophy winner. Nobody saw that coming.
However, what wasn’t all that unpredictable was another seven-game series between the Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, with Boston coming out on top for the third time in the past seven postseasons.
Boston and Columbus played each other three times this season, all within the final month of the season. The Bruins took two of three as the Blue Jackets were fighting for a playoff spot. This is the first time ever to the second round for Columbus. It will be interesting to see if they have anything left to give. With, experience comes knowledge.
Bruins in 6
Western Conference Second Round
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
The Colorado Avalanche have two of the greatest young players in the game. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. who have the ability to win games on their own…
Their opposition will now be a Sharks team that appeared dead in the water in Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights. Down 3-0, they scored four goals on a five-minute power play following an injurious cross-check on Joe Pavelski. Moments like that can win a team a Stanley Cup. This team now knows anything is possible. Sharks in 5.
STL vs. DAL: Dallas Stars
All season long, the assumption was the Central Division would come down to either the Nashville Predators or Winnipeg Jets. Because it’s hockey in 2019, both were knocked off by a lower seed in the opening round, leaving us with a Blues vs. Stars series and a berth in the Western Conference Final on the line.
By now, everyone in hockey is aware of what Jordan Binnington has done for the St. Louis Blues. Not, many goalies have been better. Vezina Trophy finalist, Ben Bishop has been that. Nobody, had the Stars getting past the Preds. Bishop is in Stanley Cup winning form. Stars in 6