Thursday, May 3, 2007

2007 NHL Playoffs Recap and Predictions - May 3rd

1/2 last night. Martin Brodeur has been uncharacteristically human in round 2 of this years NHL Stanley Cup Playoff's. My prediction for the Ottawa vs New Jersey Series was the Devils in 6. With the play of Brodeur I don't think the Devils can beat the Senators. Sens in 6 as they make it to the Eastern Conference finals for the second year in a row.

Tonights Games:

Vancouver Canucks (1) at Anaheim Ducks (3) : Tonight the Canucks go home. Roberto Luongo has been solid in net for Vancouver but their front lines simply cannot provide him with enough offense to win a game. Despite Markus Naslund managing to find the score sheet recently the rest of Vancouvers offence seems to be asleep. Anaheim wins 3-1 tonight and advances to the third round.

Last Nights Recaps :

New Jersey Devils 2 (1) at Ottawa Senators 3 (3) : The Senators took another early lead and managed to protect it with two weak goals on Martin Brodeur. Dany Heatley scored an unassisted goal in the second period on an attempted pass across the net that went in off Brodeur's skate and Mike Fisher scored the game winner on a 40 foot wrist shot. Brodeur has seen a lot of rubber in this series and still has a strong .922 save percentage, but several of the goals against him have been suspect. Brodeur simply cant' do it all for the Devils (despite the fact that he also got an assist in this game) and they are not playing well enough as a team to get past the Senators.

Detroit Red Wings 3 (2) at San Jose Sharks 2 (2) : The San Jose Sharks squandered a 2-0 lead and lost in overtime to allow the Red Wings to even up the series at two games apiece. Robert Lang came out of his season long obscurity to score the game tying goal with 34 seconds left in the third period and Mathieu Schneider won it at 16:04 of the first overtime. At one point in the second period the Red Wings outshot the Sharks 20-1 but Evgeni Nabokov was stellar and only gave up the one goal to Tomas Holmstrom. I told you Holmstrom would help the Wings power play. With Holmstrom out of the lineup the Wings were 1-10 on the power play, last night they were 2-5.

Round 2 Predictions:
NHL Playoffs - Round 2 Players to Watch
NHL Playoffs - Round 2 Previews and Predictions

Round 1 Predictions:
Round 1 Playoff Predictions and Hot Players
Complete Playoff Predictions

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