2011 Playoffs – Round 2 Predictions

Yes, I know. Round 2 has already started. What’s up with that, NHL? Maybe some of us teach class on Thursday nights.

Anyway, here are my predictions–solely done for my own amusement (and most likely not yours).

Will we see another upset? I sure hope so.

Series: Vancouver Canucks (1) vs. Nashville Predators (5)

My Prediction: Predators UPSET in 6 games. .

Comments: Sure the Canucks beat the Blackhawks. No one likes losing, but it is sometimes perceived that it is OK to lose to the eventual winner.

I disagree. I want to see the Canucks get stomped on.

Series: San Jose Sharks (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (3)

My Prediction: Sharks win in 6 games.

Comments: It is against my mortal being to cheer for the Red Wings. Besides, the Sharks really are long overdue for a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.Go Sharkies!

I don’t predict an upset here in the East–the top seeds are just too good.

Series: Washington Capitals (1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (5).

My Prediction: Capitals win in 4 games.

Comments: Winning in 7 games against the Crosby-and-Malkin-less-Penguins is not that admirable of a feat. I doubt that the Lightning (I refuse to call them the “Bolts”) will fare well against the Capitals. Besides, the Caps are long overdue to finally amount to something in the playoffs.

Series: Philadelphia Flyers (2) vs. Boston Bruins (3).

My Prediction: Flyers in 7 games.

Comments: Both of these teams needed 7 games to knock off their lower-seeded opponents in the first round. I think they’ll need 7 games to sort this one out too. Let’s hope for a good, physical (but clean) series.

In summary, the Final Four I’d like to see are:

  • San Jose Sharks – my prediction for Cup winner this year
  • Nashville Predators – because they are unexpected as contenders
  • Washington Capitals – long overdue for a shot
  • Philadelphia Flyers – prove that last year wasn’t a fluke

I’ll admit, it’s a bit hard to focus on the playoffs now that the ‘Hawks are eliminated. So I guess I’ll start cheering for the Sharks.


Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

3 thoughts on “2011 Playoffs – Round 2 Predictions”

  1. Your predictions are garbage…all the teams you have predicted to lose have won the first game. Sharks for the cup, I think not. West final van vs det, east final was vs bos. Either vancouver or the capitals win the cup.

  2. @ Anonymous –

    You are incorrect. I predicted the Sharks to win their series, and they won Game 1.

    But we all know that Game 2 is the REAL measure of a series, which Nashville won, by the way…

  3. Haha… If Detroit beats San Jose tomorrow every single one of your predictions will be wrong. Shows how much a Hawks fan knows about hockey!

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