Conference Finals Predictions

I was only two for four in the last round, as the Blackhawks and Hurricanes continued to surprise me.  So I’m nine for twelve overall this postseason.  Here’s my calls for the Conference Finals:

Pittsburgh vs. Carolina:  The Hurricanes surprised me by beating the number one seeded Bruins. Are they that good or just having a great run?  With Cam Ward in goal, anything can happen and they are playing well.  I still love Rod Brind’Amour and am rooting for the ‘Canes to defeat the Most Unsportsmanlike Team in the League.  But those arctic birds find ways to win even when they look like they’re cooked.  Gonchar’s knee injury could present problems, but I think Pittsburgh will end Carolina’s playoff run in six games.

Detroit vs. Chicago:  A great matchup of Original Six teams.  Chicago is another surprise and they’re looking really good. With Khabibulin in goal they could steal the series if he is hot.  The Hawks defense is a little suspect, though, and I’m not going to pick against the defending champs.  The Red Wings are a powerhouse and should prevail in seven games.

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