Thursday, April 24, 2008

Conference Semi-Finals Predictions

In the West...

(1) Detroit vs (6) Colorado

In one of the only matchups I had right, I'll stick with my original pick and say that the Avs will be able to pull the upset. The Wings have yet to see a healthy Avs team featuring Sakic, Foote, Forsberg, Smyth, and Stastny. Jose Theodore has been incredible and if he keeps playing well, the Avs should be able to win a hard-fought series.

Colorado in 6

(2) San Jose vs (5) Dallas

My Stanley Cup, the San Jose Sharks, had a tough time in the first round. The Stars, on the other hand, played extremely well, eliminating the Anaheim Ducks. I hate to do this, but I'm going to back off my Stanley Cup pick. If the series comes down to goaltending, Turco has looked much better than Nabokov so far.

Dallas in 6

In the East...

(1) Montreal vs (6) Philadelphia

The Canadiens had a tough time in their first round series against the Bruins, but on your way to the Stanley Cup, ever team has to be tested. The Habs survived and take their 4-0 record against the Flyers this season back to Montreal.

The Flyers were impressive at time in their series against Washington, but this team has been too streaky all year.

Montreal in 5

(2) Pittsburgh vs (5) New York

The only chance the Rangers have is for Sean Avery to get in the heads of Crosby and Malkin and then hope guys like Roberts, Hossa, and Malone don't explode for the Penguins. Marc Andre-Fleury should be able to play well enough for the Pens to win the series.

Pittsburgh in 6

Conference Finals

(5) Dallas vs (6) Colorado
(1) Montreal vs (2) Pittsburgh

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