So. I'm not entirely sure I should even bother making any more predictions as I did woefully poorly in that regard in Round 2. I only chose the correct winner for one of the four series. On the other hand, that means I was wrong in three of the series which is exactly the same number of incorrect predictions I made in Round 1, so...maybe I didn't do any worse at all. The problem now becomes the fact that there are only two series in Round 3, so I clearly can't get three of them wrong. Well, being a stubborn man (born a Taurus in the Year of the Ox) I am going to go ahead and keep plugging away until the last game is played.
First things first: the recap of my failures and one glowing success of Round 2.
Phoenix vs. Nashville - I took Nashville in 6 (Phoenix won in 5)
Washington vs. New York Rangers - I took Washington in 6 (New York won in 7, but there was that pesky penalty to Joel Ward....so I probably should have had this one right)
New Jersey vs. Philadelphia - I took Philly in 5 (New Jersey won in 5)
Los Angeles vs. St. Louis - I took L.A. in 7 (they won in 4)
So, 1-for-4 and I wasn't even close in the length of the only round where I called the correct winner. I guess it's not time to give up my day job yet? What's that? Oh, this is my "day job" right now? Sigh. Great.
|Dustin Brown killing the Canucks|
|Martin Brodeur doing what he does best|
As I had hoped, I have nothing but predictions this time around. The lunacy of Round 1 seems so long ago, even as the spectre of another Rangers-Devils melee looms before us. On the other hand, with the exception of the Rangers-Capitals series, I didn't think much of the hockey was particularly compelling in Round 2. Perhaps that will balance out better in this round. See you here, one last time, in around 2 weeks!
Even though I posted these predictions today, this entry was written and finalized before last night's game between Phoenix and Los Angeles. I'd like to think I wouldn't have made any changes had the Kings lost; however, I don't need to worry about it now as they won - their 6th straight road victory. They are still my picks to win their first-ever Stanley Cup this year, heaping more garbage on Brian Burke's asinine assertion a year or so ago that it's not ever a good thing to "sneak" into the playoffs in 8th position because you don't have a chance from there. Not that I'm bitter.
Ok, I'm pretty bitter. Burke is a moron.