Time for the Picks
OK, I went 4-4 in predicting the first round winners. Considering there were three seventh games, that record could easily have been on the better side. (I also have to mention that because otherwise you'd think you might as well flip a coin instead of reading my picks.)
Now it's time for round two.
Philadelphia vs. Montreal: Both of these teams let 3-1 series leads disappear, and are lucky they finally woke up in game 7. The Habs are still the better team and will win.
New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: It's easy to forget Pittsburgh is still in the playoffs since it's been long since they embarrassed the Ottawa Senators. They may be rusty to start, but Pittsburgh moves on.
Colorado vs. Detroit: Ah, a familiar playoff rivalry. I said it last time around, Detroit falters come Round 2. And they will.
Dallas Stars vs. San Jose: The Stars upset the defending champs last round, but this time they won't upset the Sharks.
In summary, I'm picking Montreal-Pittsburgh and Colorado-San Jose conference finals.