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In an effort to embarrass ourselves further…

We’re back for round 2 of the NHL playoffs!  You didn’t think we’d let a little thing like making fools of ourselves in the first round stop us did you? That’s what this blog is for, isn’t it?

On to the second round we go!

Eastern Conference:

(4) Pittsburgh versus (8) Montreal

Beer: I like the Penguins here (yes, yes, I picked against them in round one), not because I think Montreal will run out of magic but because of the style the Penguins can play. Pens move on. (And really, could things have played out any better for them with all the other top seeds going out in round one?)
King: So I’ve come to the conclusion that the east is just really weak and Pittsburgh might make it all the way back to the finals.  I can’t see Halak playing like that for another round.   Not really happy with it, but Pittsburgh in 6.

(6) Boston versus (7) Philadelphia

Beer: 6 versus 7 in the second round? How the heck did this happen? I know the Flyers are missing Ian Lapierre, so I’m going with Boston.
King: Once again…..Cam Neely fan…. Boston fan…..Boston in 5.

Western Conference:
(1) San Jose versus (5) Detroit

Beer: This one might work in the Wings favor a bit with the quick turnaround. They went to San Jose right after the got by Phoenix in game seven, so they’re not fighting a time zone change to start the series. The Sharks? Their top line slept through round one. I have an uneasy feeling about them. Wings win. (Which would put them in the conference finals for the 4th straight year.)
King: I picked the Wings to make the playoffs.  I picked the Wings to win the first round.   Go Wings…  But I pick San Jose to win in 7.

(2) Chicago versus (3) Vancouver

Beer: I’m sorely tempted to go with a coin flip on this one. ‘Hawks or Canucks? Something about the Blackhawks just doesn’t seem right to me, but I can’t put my finger on it. Something about their play I’m uneasy with. I’m picking them anyways though. Hawks win.
King: I don’t want to say this, but I think Vancouver with their missing defense will be hurting.  I have not been impressed with Luongo, either.  I know the Blackhawks have looked bad too, but…. Sigh… Blackhawks in 6.

And so there we have it for round 2 of the NHL playoffs!  The King has even gone way out on a limb and called the number of games! Brave man!

Once again, check back after this round and we’ll see how we did. Take care folks!
Beer & King

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The NHL playoffs… How’d we do?

Well, the 1st round of the NHL playoffs is over. How’d we do with our Beerbarrel picks? Let’s take a look!

Out East, here’s what we said:
Washington (1) vs Montreal (8):
Beer: When in doubt, pick the Habs! That used to always be the safe bet. I’m not in doubt here though. Caps win and move on.
King:  I have chosen my mancrush as the grand winner this year so I’m going to have to go with King Ovie’s team Washington.

Annnnd…. We both got clobbered on this one. Washington chokes away a 3-1 series lead and loses to the 8th seeded Habs in 7 games. Ouch.

New Jersey (2) vs Philadelphia (7):
Beer: Every season, it seams like there’s a first round upset. This is not it. Devils advance.
King: Sorry Phillie, gotta go with the Devils on this one.  I don’t think they’re a great team, but believe they are the better team in this match up.

Can you tell we really didn’t have a good feel for this one. Flyers in 5 games over the Devils, who lose their coach the very next day as he retires.

Buffalo (3) vs Boston (6):
Beer: This could well be the one. I’m on the fence with this one, but I’m playing the odds and going with the Sabres on the strength of Ryan Miller alone. But you have been warned.
King: Got to go against my brother from another mother on this one.  I believe Boston, although having a horrible year, will be one of the better playoff teams. Plus…CAM NEELY WAS MY IDOL..GO BRUINS! (I guess he’s picking Boston, huh?)

Maybe that shrine to Cam Neely that the King keeps actually works. Bruins win.

Pittsburgh (4) versus Ottawa (5)
Beer: Call it a gut instinct. No, I don’t have it in for the Pens. Despite the merciless over-hyping of Sydney Crosby, I actually like the Penguins. I just think they’re about to find out how rough the defending champs can have it in the playoffs and get earlier tee times than a lot of people think. Senators are the pick here.
King: Sheez….and I was the total Sid the Kid hater of the two of us.  As much as I predicted at the end of the playoffs last year that Pitt wouldn’t get past the first round…And as much as I actually love the Sens ( got an old beat up hat in my closet to prove my fandom)…AND as much as I hate the NHL bending over backwards for the Pens…..Sigh, I pick the Pens.

Sydney Crosby lit this one up. He did what good players need to do this time of year, and the Penguins advance (And are suddenly the highest seed left in the Eastern Conference).

So the final tally of our Eastern Conference picks? King goes 2 out of for, and Beer shows why he never actually bets on sports with the big old goose egg in the “got it right” column.

And in the West:
San Jose (1) vs Colorado (8):
Beer: The Sharks, perennial playoff underachievers, versus the Avs, a shadow of a once dominate team. I really can’t find much reason to want to watch this one, and I like the Sharks for the most part. Sharks move on.
King: ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…oh wait, was that a series….Avs, just based on the fact that the Sharks are doomed for a first round exit every year.

Beer finally gets one right as the Sharks advance. King found inconsolable.

Chicago (2) vs Nashville (7):
Beer: If a team from Nashville pulls an upset and nobody in Nashville notices, does it really happen? I’m not convinced it’ll happen, but it’s a gut feel with no logic. And that’s how I’m picking them. That’s right. I picked the Preds.
King: There are only two teams that I hope never win the cup again and Chicago is one of them. I think the Preds are actually a pretty decent playoff team and will scare if not upset a few teams.  I’m with Beer on this one, Preds.

Yeah, about those upset picks…..

Vancouver (3) vs Los Angeles (6):
Beer: Roberto Luongo has an Olympic gold medal. That seems to make people forget that he also has a near meltdown as a playoff goalie on his resume (last year). All the same, the Canucks move on in this one.
King: This one I’m just picking on who I’d like to see.  I’ve been a fan of the Kings all season so I’m hoping and picking the Kings.

Beer gets another one right! King picked the Kings, that at least has be be worth a laugh for the play on words, right?

Phoenix (4) vs Detroit (5):
Beer: I have no idea on this one. You have Detroit (my hometown team – even when I lived out of state) against the former Winnipeg Jets (I just like that name better). There’s so many storylines here it’s crazy. The Wings comeback to make th playoffs, the NHL owned Coyotes. And really, if you’re the NHL – aren’t you thrilled with this matchup? Your bankrupt and for sale team makes the playoffs and gets to play the best drawing road team in the league? They may actually fill up the arena for 2 or 3 games. That’s serious cash come playoff time. It could be a lot tighter than a lot of “experts” think, but I don’t think the Coyotes get to play Cinderella after the first round. Wings move on.
King-  I’m a homer and I’m cool with that…Detroit.

Wings win, so we both finally picked a winner.

So in the west we have Beer correctly picking 3 out of 4, and King getting 1 out of 4.

That brings the total number of correct picks for each of us to…. 3. Out of 8. That’s pretty brutal, but at least King managed to get at least one right in each conference.  We probably would have done better flipping coins. Ah well.

That’s all for now folks, we’re still debating on embarrassing ourselves with picks for round two!!
-Beer & King