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Vulgar Statistics: Round 2 Playoff Power Rankings And My Picks

05/14/13
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With one series in the books, the regular season gets washed away and it becomes specificially about each team’s performance now.

The categories:

  • Winning Percentage
  • Goal Differential
  • Shots Directed Towards Goal (Shots on Goal + Opponent Shots Blocked + Missed Shots) Differential
  • Power Play
  • Penalty Kill
  • 5 on 5 Goal Differential
  • Even Strength Save Percentage

Eastern Conference:

#1 Pittsburgh vs. #7 Ottawa

Why Pittsburgh will win – They still have the most talent up front, and Tomas Vokoun may be just good enough to not sandbag them.

Why Ottawa will win - Pittsburgh is weak on the back end and weaker in net.  Craig Anderson has been solid despite being shelled at times by Montreal.  They just seem to want it more.

The Pick – Pittsburgh in 7 – Too much talent.

#4 Boston vs. #6 New York 

Why Boston will win – Despite the ending, the Bruins dominated the Leafs at times during their series.  They are a more talented team top to bottom than the Rangers although they lack the star power.

Why New York will win – They too were better than their series suggested with shot blocking a topic of discussion again.  Henrik Lundqvist and his five other goalies will be solid, and Rick Nash hasn’t even done anything yet.

The Pick – Boston in 7 – I think they have a better chance of turning it on than the Rangers.

Western Conference:

#1 Chicago vs. #7 Detroit

Why Chicago will win – They’re the best team in the NHL.

Why Detroit will win – It’s hard to see a route to victory for the Red Wings.  Everything Detroit does well, Chicago does better.

The Pick – Chicago in 5

#5 Los Angeles vs. #6 San Jose

Why Los Angeles will win – They probably have the superior talent, the superior depth, and the superior goaltending.

Why San Jose will win – So far, Los Angeles only has those things on paper.  They weren’t very impressive, even in taking four straight from the Blues.  San Jose has players that have been there before an an extra desire.

The Pick – San Jose in 6

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