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Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Semifinal Predictions

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2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals

#1 New York Rangers vs #7 Washington Capitals

Saturday April 28 2012 WAS @ NYR

Monday April 30 2012 WAS @ NYR

Wednesday May 2 2012 NYR @ WAS

Saturday May 5 2012 NYR @ WAS

*Monday May 7 2012 WAS @ NYR

*Wednesday May 9 2012 NYR @ WAS

*Saturday May 12 2012 WAS @ NYR

Going to keep my New York rooting interest peaked on this series and hope that the New York Rangers can continue to play their style of hockey and that Henrik Lundqvist continues his solid play in net.  I don’t think the Rangers were fully aware of what the Sens were capable of; and were forced to seven games based on not taking the Sens as seriously as they should.  Round one should have been a wake up call for the Red, White, and Blue broadway boys.  With no secrets about what the Capitals are capable of, its going to come down to whether rookie Braden Holtby can stand up to the onslaught that the New York offense can bring.  Holtby looked good in the first round, but the pressure cooker of the playoffs will only build round to round.  Rookie goalies can get hot, but Holtby might be in a little over his head at this point.  Look for the Rangers to steal this series in six games. 

#5 Philadelphia Flyers vs #6 New Jersey Devils

Sunday April 29 2012 NJD @ PHI

Tuesday May 1 2012 NJD @ PHI

Thursday May 3 2012 PHI @ NJD

Sunday May 6 2012 PHI @ NJD

*Tuesday May 8 2012 NJD @ PHI

*Thursday May 10 2012 PHI @ NJD

Saturday May 12 2012 NJD @ PHI

Easy pickings on this one.  I hate the Philadelphia Flyers so much that I will never root for them to win a playoffs series.  Will root for the Devils here no matter what the stakes or odds.  Philadelphia has been resting idling waiting for their second round opponent, which could give them the freshest legs in the Eastern Conference, with everyone else going seven games, but the New Jersey Devils are riding the momentum of winning game 7 of their first round series in someone else’s barn.  Even if it takes seven games, the Devils need to hold Philly at Bay.  Im looking at the Devils in six games on this one.

It could be interesting to see what happens this round and what level the game is elevated too after what we saw in the first round.  The bar has been set, the players and fans are ready, its game on. 

 

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