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The Panel weighs in with their picks for the second round



The Panel had an impressive start with their predictions this year going 7-1 in the opening round. Amato, Imbeau, and Daoust led the way with a perfect record of 8-0.

 

Here are the selections for the second round and you can check out round one’s picks here.

 

Feel free to check in with your thoughts and picks in the comments section below!

 

Expert

MON vs BOS

PIT vs NYR

CHI vs MIN  LAK vs ANA 

Current Record

Dobber

 BOS in 5  NYR in 6  CHI in 5  ANA in 7  5-3

Amato

MON in 7

NYR in 6

 CHI in 6  LAK in 6  8-0

Laidlaw

 MON in 5  NYR in 6  CHI in 6  ANA in 6  5-3

Brouwer

 MON in 6  NYR in 7  CHI in 5  LAK in 6  3-5

Campkin

 BOS in 7  NYR in 6  CHI in 6  LAK in 5  5-3

Collins

 MON in 6  NYR in 6  CHI in 5 ANA in 5   5-3

Daoust

 BOS in 6  PIT in 5  CHI in 6  LAK in 5  8-0

Dillon

Fisher

 BOS in 7  NYR in 7  CHI in 5  ANA in 7  6-2

Fragopolous

 BOS in 6  NYR in 6  CHI in 7  ANA in 6  4-4

Gilbert

Guzzwell

 BOS in 5  NYR in 6  CHI in 4  LAK in 5  5-3

Hoos

 BOS IN 5  NYR in 7 CHI in 5   LAK in 6  5-3

Imbeau

 MON in 7  NYR in 6  CHI in 6  LAK in 6  8-0

Kennedy

BOS in 6

PIT in 7

Kwiaton

BOS in 6

PIT in 6

 6-2

Lancione

 BOS in 6 PIT in 6   CHI in 6  ANA in 7  7-1

Miller

 BOS in 6  PIT in 6  CHI in 5  LAK in 6  6-2

Roos

 BOS in 5  PIT in 7  CHI in 5  LAK in 7  6-2

Ross

 BOS in 7  PIT in 7  6-2

Wallace

 BOS in 6  PIT in 7  CHI in 5  ANA in 5  4-4

Wassel

 BOS in 6  PIT in 6  CHI in 5  LAK in 5  7-1

Wilson

 MON in 7  PIT in 6  CHI in 6  LAK in 6  6-2

Consensus

 BOS in 6  NYR in 6  CHI in 5  LAK in 6  7-1

 

Here is some rationale from the experts on some of their choices



Roos: Montreal was the one of only two teams to beat the Bruins twice in the regular season, but the other was Detroit (and we know how that ended up).  I think the Bs are on cruise control right now, whereas the Habs seem better on paper than they really are, thanks to facing a Lightning squad in round 1 that had a hobbled superstar and a goalie who might not even be in the NHL next season.


The Rangers are more of a well-oiled team than I thought, but even if you account for Fleury having a couple of hiccup games I still think the Pens take this, especially since Crosby and Malkin looked like they were just starting to hit their stride this past week, and even the best from King Henrik wouldn't be able to contend with that.


With Minnesota's situation in net possibly being an even bigger problem now than it was a few weeks ago (and that's saying something) and Chicago arguably having put together the best four game stretch of any first round team in taking games 3-6 from the Blues, the Blackhawks should breeze into the next round.


Anaheim might be battered and bruised and with their own problems in net, but they also have the grit and depth to win.  At the same time the Kings might well have used up all their bad games in the San Jose series, and you don't want to be facing down a red hot Jonathan Quick.  This should be the series to watch.

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