Saturday, May 5, 2007

2007 NHL Playoffs Recap and Predictions - May 5th

1-1 last night. Chris Drury left it until 19:52 of the third period but he did eventually provide the offence that I suggested he would. Tonight Ottawa has a chance to send New Jersey home at home. Home is the key here, the Devils will win tonight only to lose game 6 in Ottawa.

Tonights Games :

Ottawa Senators (3) at New Jersey Devils (1) : The Senators, and more specifically Ray Emery, have outplayed the Devils through this entire series. However, the Devils have been there and done that before and aren't thrown by being on the brink of elimination. The Devils are at home tonight and that should give them enough extra punch to win game 5.

San Jose Sharks (2) at Detroit Red Wings (2) : The Sharks have blown 2-0 leads twice in this series to allow the Red Wings to knot things up at 2. With the return of Thomas Homlstrom the Red Wings have a power play threat again and with game 5 being in Detroit I see the Wings taking a 3-2 series lead tonight.

Last Nights Recap :

New York Rangers 1 (2) at Buffalo Sabres 2 (3) : This series has definitley been a home affair but last night the Rangers did everything in their power to break that streak. Chris Drury scored the game tying goal with just 8 seconds left and Maxim Afinogenov scored the game winner in OT to preserve the home winning streak. Afinogenov was benched for parts of game 4 but came back last night to score the winner with a slapshot through Tomas Vanek's and Henrik Lundqvist's legs. Lundqvist was absolutely stellar stopping 36 shots in regulation time to give the Rangers a shot at the series lead. Unfortunately Buffalo's offence woke up late and took the game from the Rangers.

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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