Will any of our writers continue to Embrace the Fake and pick them to upset the Vegas Golden Knights? Find out by reading below, and leave your predictions in the comments.
Editor’s Note: Vacationing Beggsy gets the post up late again...although based on the predictions, I think you can tell that these were made prior to the beginning of Round Two.
(1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (5) Vancouver Canucks
Beggsy - It’s hard not to fall in love with this Canucks team right now. Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes are two of the best players in the game, and this team had countless guys step up throughout the first 10 games of the playoffs/play-ins.
However, Vegas is the best team in the NHL right now. They were dominant throughout the play-ins and in the first round. I think the Canucks can pull off the upset, I just wouldn’t bet on it.
Still, I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Vegas in 6.
Rob - I picked the Canucks to win the Cup before it was fashionable. I am not changing my mind now. Canucks in 6.
jimmi - Not leashing the underdog bite now, even if I’m a cat lady. Nucks in 6.
Kent- I’m all in. This team is just so much fun to watch right now, and being the underdog suits them. Can you think of a better storyline in all this craziness than the Canucks taking an honest to god run at the Cup? Let’s do this! Canucks in 7
Westy - The reverse jinx must continue. Vegas was built, literally, to be a hard hitting, fast team. They have dominated the Canucks in a very short time. Vegas in 6
Beggsy - The Dallas Stars seemed to have found their offence against the Calgary Flames. Unfortunately for Dallas, Colorado isn’t Calgary.
Man, it would be nice to see a Vancouver upset and a Colorado win here. Dream big Vancouver. Colorado in 5.
Rob - Colorado wins but the elderly Dallas Stars put up a better than expected fight. Colorado in 7.
jimmi - Rocky Mt. high time? Yes, they will mess with Texas and Avs in 5.
Kent- Yes, the Colorado Avalanche are not the Calgary Flames, but underestimating these Dallas Stars would be a huge mistake. They’re strong on the back end, can score in bunches, have solid netminding and can go toe to toe thanks to some guys who can really step up in big games. It’s gonna be a war, but I think the coronation of Colorado is a tad premature. Dallas in 7.
Westy - It’s actually hard to know how good the Avs are because they played Arizona. They do have the pieces up front to be dominate, especially MacK. He single-handedly defeated the Canucks in a game this year. Dallas defense better stay on the their own blueline to try and slow them down. Avs in 6
Beggsy - Philly looked shaky in their win over the Montreal Canadiens. I also think Barry Trotz can lead his team to another stunning upset, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest coaches in the game. Islanders in 6.
Rob - Trotz defeats Vigneault in a long series. Islanders in 7.
jimmi - There’s still teams left in the east? That’s not right. But Isles in 5.
Kent- This one’s a coin toss, and likely to be the most entertaining series of the bunch. AV’s crew had a lot of bounces go their way against the Habs, but they match up well against the plucky Islanders. Another coin toss of a series, but I see Philly moving on. Flyers in 6.
Westy - The Isles have now dominated two series. Philly had issues against Montreal and need relied very heavily on Hart to stop the Habs. The Isles are fast and skilled. I’m still sure I will watch this series....but with less teams playing, I might. Isles in 6.
Beggsy - The juiciest match-up of Round Two, by far. I picked Vegas and Tampa to meet in the Cup Final at the beginning of the season...then I doubted Tampa and picked the Jackets in Round One.
I’m not doubting Tampa this time around, but here’s hoping this series actually lives up to the hype. Bolts in 7.
Rob - Tampa got the monkey off their back last series. Boston is too old. Bolts in 5.
jimmi - Not going for the 2011 tribute theme... Thunder And Lightening in 6.
Kent- The Bruins are the antithesis of fun and it would be best for the hockey world to see them punted from the bubble. Tampa’s gathering up steam after dismantling the Blue Jackets, and got a good primer for this series after a slew of scummy hits from Columbus players. Bolts in 6.
Westy - I hate this series because one of the team for my hockey pool is getting knocked out. This might be the 2nd best series to watch because TB got bigger on their 3rd and 4th lines just for this match up. Both teams have skill. This might come down to the fact Boston no longer has Rask. Lightning in 7