Thursday, April 26, 2012
Seasons in the Sun 2nd Round NHL Preview
No messing around here though, let's get into some analysis about the teams, and the match-ups that we will be seeing in the next round. If you are not familiar with the NHL playoff rules, all the series are 7 games in all rounds. Also, what they do is that the bracket is always reloaded so that the highest seed team will play the lowest seed team. What does that mean? Well, you know March Madness, teams play in a bracket format when you could have a lower seed play a lower seed in the second round. In the NHL, both lower seeds would be separated to play higher seeds, so you see the difference?
Let's start off in the Western Conference:
Phoenix Coyotes (3) vs Nashville Predators (4) - Another series will great goal-tending, you have Mike Smith on Phoenix, and Rinne on the Predators. It will make it really hard for the offenses to get going in this series. This should be a very tight, and very close series; very low scoring as well. Both teams have been in the playoffs, the last couple of years and have tasted defeat with younger players. Both Weber for Nashville and Doan for Phoenix are getting toward the end of their careers in the NHL, and both will be gunning for the Cup. Both are very skilled, and great team leaders. This is the best Nashville team that they have had since the franchise started, the same can be said for the Coyotes since they moved from Winnipeg. Season in the Sun likes the Predators in 7.
New York Rangers (1) vs Washington Capitals (7) - This will be a hard series to handicap because like the last series, the Rangers look better on paper and should win the series. The Washington Capitals are coming off a big upset, will we see an emotional letdown? We think the same question could be asked of the New York Rangers. The Rangers were one game away from having the best record in the NHL this year. The Rangers style though has kept opponents in the game, which leaves them vulnerable to upsets and defeat. We would like to think that the Capitals are better than Ottawa, and they have Alexander the Great. Seasons in the Sun likes the Rangers in 7.
Philadelphia Flyers (5) vs New Jersey Devils (6) - The Flyers are coming off a 6 game series with the Pen-goons and the Devils are coming off a 7 game series against the Panthers. The question has to be did the Flyers pick up any rust being off almost a week longer than the Devils. We really like the Flyers right now at Seasons in the Sun. Giroux has really stepped up his game, and his leadership for the Flyers this year. The Devils while they are a great team, we just do not feel like they are on the Flyers level right now. The Devils will have to cool off the NHL's hottest power-play in the playoffs. I think the task is too much for the Devils. Seasons in the Sun likes the Flyers in 5.