Friday, 27 April 2012

Oilsoup: NHL Playoffs 2012 Second Round Predictions

Well hockey fans it was a crazy first round to start off the 2012 NHL playoffs. I wish I could say that the first round was brimming with excitement but I must say the Pens / Flyers series was by far the best of the bunch. There was a number of upsets and I believe Wilson was able to predict a few of them. Wilson went 5-3 which isn't too shabby in comparison to many other predictions by the almighty hockey insiders.

Second Round predictions:

Washington Capitals over the NY Rangers in 6 games
- It's going to be a close series but Wilson believes that the Caps have what it takes to go far this year.The Caps have more playoff experience and have finally bought into Dale Hunter's defensive system. Only way the Rangers win this one is if Gaborik wakes up, which isn't going to happen.

Philadelphia Flyers over the NJ Devils in 5 games.
- Wilson loves the compete level of the Flyers and the Devils will be in tough with a more physical team. Like the first round, the Devils will be relying on Brodeur's stellar play.

St. Louis Blues over the L.A. Kings in 5 games.
- It's hard to ignore the Kings stingy defence and strong goaltending but Wilson just doesn't see the Blues losing this defensive battle. The Blues will continue to play the same style of hockey from last round where the King's will be playing an entirely different team. 

Nashville Predators over the Phoenix Coyotes in 7 games.
- This one is a crap shoot which has Wilson bouncing of walls. Neither team has much playoff history and the two teams are exact replicas of each other. The Yotes have home ice advantage but the Preds have Trotz. Wilson gives the series to the team with the better coach, no offense Tippet.

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