The Stanley Cup Playoffs have moved on to the second round in the sports news and sports on the web. Allsports had mediocre prediction results for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs but as stated in the last post where the predictions were made. There could really be no upsets due to the parity of the teams involved. The whole series could swing on one save or one missed opportunity. Look at St. Louis, great regular season but frustrated again in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They spend all kinds of money on Paul Stastny last off season but Allsports is shaking his head saying, where is your goaltending to get you there. Well boys and girls, the Blues are gone because their goalies were not as good as Devan Dubnyk in the Wild net. Funny, Dubnyk could not play goal in Edmonton or Arizona but he comes to the Wild, with a little structure on defense and low and behold. The Wild become a Stanley Cup contender.
Allsports finished with a 5 of 8 record in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the second round won’t get any easier to predict. The three first round Stanley Cup Playoff series where Allsports choked were picking Winnipeg over Anaheim, (wishful thinking). St. Louis over Minnesota (thought they could overcome their goaltending) and Ottawa over Montreal (close games that Sens were on the wrong end of). But life goes on and it’s time to see where we stand for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Here was the best save of the Stanley Cup playoffs to date as far as Allsports is concerned
In the East
The Washington Capitals travel to the “Big Apple” to tangle with the Rangers. This Stanley Cup Playoff series starts tonight at Madison Square Gardens. The Rangers won the President’s trophy this year, which is awarded to the team with the best record during the regular season. Allsports likes the Rangers because they are solid through a deep lineup with one of the best, if not the best goaltender in the league with Henrik Lundqvist. The Capitals have Alex Ovechkin but Allsports thinks the speed and depth of the Rangers will where down the Caps over the course of the Stanley Cup series and the Rangers will advance. New York in six games.
Tampa Heads out to Montreal in the other eastern Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Lightning have a bee in their bonnet this year too. Last year they lost their number one goalie, Ben Bishop, just before the Stanley Cup playoffs began and Montreal put Tampa out in four straight games. You can be sure that Steven Stamkos and company won’t be letting that happen this year. They have a long memory and in fact did not give the Habs a sniff at a win in all four meetings during the regular season. The Bolts were the highest scoring team in the league this year and Montreal has trouble putting the puck in the net. Tampa got past Detroit without a single goal from Stamkos, which does not happen often. Montreal could be in for a beating if Stamkos starts lighting the lamp. All things considered, Carey Price could win this Stanley Cup playoff series all on his own, he has been that good. But he won’t, lots of rubber will come his way and he will be great but unless Bishop poo poo’s the bed Allsports can’t see Montreal advancing. Tampa in seven games. And the only reason I am going seven is out of respect for the goaltending of Carey Price.