Round Two, Fight!

The NHL isn’t giving it’s teams much time to rest between playoff rounds.

Last night we watched the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers both advance after their game seven victories, The Devils needing a second overtime to knock off the Panthers.

Tonight we will watch the Phoenix Coyotes host the Nashville Predators in the opening match of the second round. Neither team has ever been to a conference final.

Tomorrow the Rangers are back at it, taking on the Washington Capitals and St Louis hosts Los Angeles, two of the remaining four teams in the west, none of which has ever won a Stanley Cup.

So, without further ado, here are my picks for the second round of the playoffs:

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Manic Monday: Recapping the weekend that was

Well kids, I decided to take the weekend off. I’ll probably continue blogging Monday through Friday until the third round when the number of games drops down.

Let’s take a look at what’s transpired in my drunkenness days off.

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Morning Skate: Technically, it’s still morning.

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

Technically, on the west coast, it’s still morning. I had a late night, I’m sorry. Tomorrow will be an earlier publish, I promise*.

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Nightly Review: Flyers Rally, Preds Tally, Canucks Dally

Flyers 4 Penguins 3 (OT)

The Philadelphia Flyers rallied back from a 3-0 deficit by scoring four unanswered goals, including the overtime winner by Jakub Voracek. The comeback began with a pair of goals from Danny Briere, one of which was highly controversial (skip to 18 seconds if you watch the video). Brayden Schenn was the star of the night scoring the tying goal and adding a couple helpers.

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Playoff Previews: Penguins vs Flyers

4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs 5 Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh heads into the playoffs as healthy as they have been in the past three years (They won the cup three years ago). Sidney CrosbyJordan Staal and Kris Letang all missed significant time this year and all are ready to play in what should be the best series of the first round and, if I am bold enough to predict so, the entire playoffs this year.

It’s no secret that the Flyers have some serious hate for their cross-state rivals. The teams split their last two games and combined for 115 penalty minutes in them. Even the coaching staff got involved. If there is one prediction likely to come true, it’s from Scott Hartnell: “It’s going to be a bloodbath.”

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