Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sports: NHL (Stanley Cup Playoffs - Second Round)

The second round is set and as I predicted, my predictions were wrong. I now have a new chance to predict with fewer choices. I'm carrying some biases after a tough loss by the team I preferred and now have a new team to root for this round. There were some exciting upsets this round that I did not see coming and I look forward to seeing what happens next. 

1 Washington Capitals vs 2 Pittsburgh Penguins
I was rooting for the Blue Jackets so I'm not to see the Penguins in this series. I think that Pittsburgh will put up quite a fight but I'm going with the team I picked to advance, the Washington Capitals. 

Game 1: The Pittsburgh Penguins take the first game 3-2.
Game 2: The Penguins take full control with a 6-2 win.
Game 3: The Capitals strike back with a 3-2 overtime win.
Game 4: The Penguins establish dominance with a 3-2 win.
Game 5: The Capitals stay alive with a 4-2 win.
Game 6: The Capitals tie the series winning 5-2.
Game 7: The Penguins win the game 2-0 and the series 4-3.

New York Rangers (WC1) vs Ottawa Senators (2)
The Rangers upset really put me off in this division but I've been behind the Senators, not sure why maybe because I like the logo, but I pick the Ottawa Senators to proceed.

Game 1: The Senators win 2-1.
Game 2: The Senators push further ahead with a 6-5 win.
Game3: The Rangers stop the Senators and take a resounding home game win 4-1.
Game 4: The Rangers tie the series with another 4-1 win.
Game 5: The Senators pull ahead with a 5-4 win. 
Game 6: The Senators win the game and the series 4-2.

Nashville Predators (WC2) vs St. Louis Blues (3)
I'm all in for the Nashville Predators for as long as they stick around. I had them to upset the Blackhawks but it still came as quite a shock for me. I didn't see the Blues coming at all thinking that the Wild would take the series but St. Louis could be tough competition for Nashville.
Game 1: The Predators got off to a hot start with a high-scoring 5-4 victory despite losing a player.
Game 2: The Blues tie the series 3-2.
Game 3: The Predators jump back ahead with a 3-1 win.
Game 4: The Predators pull further ahead with a 2-1 win.
Game 5: The Blues stay alive with a 2-1 win.
Game 6: The Predators take the series with a 3-1 win.
Anaheim Ducks (1) vs Edmonton Oilers (2)
I did not see the Edmonton Oilers coming at all so I will stick with the team that I picked to advance to this series. The Mighty Ducks looked strong as the number one team and could move on to the next round. 
Game 1: The Oilers take the first game late at night with a 5-3 win.
Game 2: The Oilers increase their lead in the series with a 2-1 win.
Game 3: The Ducks put up a fight with a 6-3 win.
Game 4: The Ducks tie the series with an overtime 4-3 win.
Game 5: In double overtime, the Ducks take the lead with another 4-3 win.
Game 6: The Oilers stay alive and tie the series one last time with a huge 7-1 victory.

My predictions for this round will go with the Senators beating the Capitals and the Predators beating the Ducks in the conference finals for an Ottawa vs Nashville final series. I am going all the way with the Predators this year now. 

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