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2010 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Round 2

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After a surprising first round, the Red Wings kick off Round 2; Detroit aims to be a much tougher challenge for the Sharks than Colorado was. Thanks to Round 1, all eight seeds are represented in the second round: #1 San Jose Sharks, #2 Chicago Blackhawks, #3 Vancouver Canucks, #4 Pittburgh Penguins, #5 Detroit Red Wings, #6 Boston Bruins, #7 Philadelphia Flyers, and #8 Montreal Canadiens. That has to be history with something like that happening.

Speaking of the upstart Canadiens, of the previous eight #8 seeds to knock off the top dog, only the 2006 Edmonton Oilers even made it out of the second round. They lost to Carolina in the Stanley Cup Finals. History is not on their side, but Montreal was very effective in stifling Washington’s game.

This round, our six experts are all in agreement as to how the next round will turn out, except for Erikk, who has Vancouver over Chicago. That gives everyone else the edge they need to catch up to his lead, with extra points for guessing series length will allow everyone to try to gain the slightest extra leverage going into the Conference Finals.

As before, experts will get two points for correctly guessing a series winner, and one point for correctly guessing how many games each series will last. Not that the two points will matter much, but you can check below for the specifics of our picks:

  Name Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Penguins vs
Canadiens
Winner Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins
  Series
Length
5 6 5 5 6 6
Bruins vs
Flyers
Winner Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins
  Series
Length
6 5 6 7 6 6
Sharks vs
Red Wings
Winner Red Wings Red Wings Red Wings Red Wings Red Wings Red Wings
  Series
Length
7 6 6 6 7 7
Blackhawks vs
Canucks
Winner Blackhawks Canucks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks
  Series
Length
6 7 6 7 6 5
Total Points 12 15 13 14 13 12

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Round 1

  Name Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Capitals vs
Canadiens
Winner Capitals Capitals Capitals Capitals Capitals Capitals
  Series
Length
5 -4- -4- -4- -4- 5
Devils vs
Flyers
Winner Devils Devils Devils Devils Devils Flyers
  Series
Length
6 5 7 5 7 6
Sabres vs
Bruins
Winner Bruins Bruins Sabres Bruins Bruins Sabres
  Series
Length
7 7 7 7 7 5
Penguins vs
Senators
Winner Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins
  Series
Length
5 6 6 6 6 6
Sharks vs
Avalanche
Winner Sharks Sharks Sharks Sharks Sharks Sharks
  Series
Length
7 5 6 6 6 -4-
Blackhawks vs
Predators
Winner Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks
  Series
Length
5 -4- 5 6 6 5
Canucks vs
Kings
Winner Canucks Canucks Canucks Kings Kings Canucks
  Series
Length
7 6 6 7 7 5
Coyotes vs
Red Wings
Winner Red Wings Red Wings Red Wings Red Wings Red Wings Coyotes
  Series
Length
6 6 6 6 5 7
Total Points 12 15 13 14 13 12

Table Legend

  • Two point picks are bolded.
  • One point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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