By now it should be obvious that you should never wager any money based on my picks. After two rounds I have only correctly picked seven winners out of a possible twelve. That is not going to stop me from making more predictions though.
First, let's wrap up round two.
Sabres in five - The Rangers put up a little bit more of a fight than I expected and stretched it out to a six game series. This battle of New York was not without it's controversies though. Perhaps reaping the most rewards from it is Stan Fischler. His blog has probably received more traffic and comments in the last two weeks than it has all year.
Devils in six - Ugh! [poors a shot of Captain]
[pours another shot of Captain]
Sharks in six - After watching the Sharks defeat the Predators, I really thought they were going to be the team to beat out west. The Wings had a few injuries and normally it's not good when Sharks smell blood. I guess they must have had stuffy noses.
Ducks in five - Well, at least I nailed one series. I actually feel bad for Luongo. I couldn't believe that last goal went in. The good news is, at least from what I have read on the 'net', that he is not being made into the goat.
On to the Conference Finals:
Ottawa vs Buffalo - Is it just me, or have the Sens defense looked ridiculously awesome. You hear about Emery giving away rebounds but the opposing offenses were not able to do anything with them. That's just the shots getting through, Volchenkov alone has blocked 2,561 shots so far in the playoffs. Talk about smelling blood, they put both the Devils and Penguins away in five games. Sure, the Sabres have yet to unleash their full potential, but I fear if they do, it may be too little too late. Senators in six.
Anaheim vs Detroit - You would think that the loss of Mathieu Schneider has to be a huge blow to the Red Wings, but that did not stop them from closing out the Sharks with a shutout. I would like for Scott Neidermeyer to help his brother Rob get his name on The Cup, but I don't think it is going to happen this year. Red Wings in seven.