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NHL Playoffs second round picks, Western Conference

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Vancouver over Chicago

If I learned anything from the first round of the playoffs, it was that Roberto Luongo can be excellent for stretches and basically shut down a hot team.

He, and solely he, is why I’m taking Vancouver to beat the Blackhawks. There are a few other options, such as questions in Chicago’s net, their relative inexperience and their reliance on outscoring, not keeping the score down. I think this has potential to be a good series, but if Luongo plays as he did in the first, it could be over in a hurry.

Detroit over Anahiem

With the Ducks the latest of the annual winner over the Sharks, an average team is going to play a very good one.

The Ducks aren’t going to win this series nine times of ten, but they could make it interesting in most of those. I would be more receptive of them if they still had somebody a little more proven then Hiller in net, but still: they did shut down the number one seed. And the Wings have been upset before.

Just not this year. Wings are too powerful and can shoot out the lights.

Eastern Conference coming up tomorrow!

First round accuracy: 2-2

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Written by M.

April 30, 2009 at 11:33 am

Posted in nhl playoffs, playoff picks

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