Prediction time! The second round of the playoffs starts tonight, so I hope you're all looking forward to it as much as I am.
Vancouver Canucks vs Nashville Predators
I think the Canucks are going to go forward and get better and better after putting out their biggest rivals. However, the Preds have already shown they can deal with the flair teams. This one could be close but I think the Canucks will take it.
My Prediction: 4-2 Canucks
Detroit Red Wings vs San Jose Sharks
This one should be a fantastic series. The Red Wings dominated the Coyotes in the opening round and San Jose made fairly simple work of Los Angeles. Two sides with plenty of size, strength and skill are going to collide here and I can see this one going on longer than it did last year when San Jose beat Detroit in five. I believe the Red Wings will take this one in seven games.
My Prediction: 4-3 Red Wings
Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Capitals look very strong this year and should take this series. They out-played and out-fought the New York Rangers in the last round and I think they will do it again against a Tampa side that are just beginning to find their feet in these playoffs.
My Prediction: 4-2 Caps
Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers
The Bruins are going to want to forget what happened last year against the Flyers at this same stage. Leading the series 3-0 they failed in each of the next three games to go forward. In Game 7 the Bruins were leading 3-0 only to see their lead vanish along with their Stanley Cup hopes as Philly went on to win the game and the series. This year I think the Bruins are better suited to going through and have the excellent Tim Thomas in net. In contrast, the Flyers are currently having major goalie issues.
My Prediction: 4-2 Bruins
What do you think? Let's hear your predictions!