2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
April 28, 2011 by staff
2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL Power Rankings for the second round, 2011 NHL Playoffs I had a perfect bracket in the first round, which means my ranking first round of energy were very very close to perfection, too. Many predicted the exact number series “of games and feel very good about myself. Here are the NHL power rankings for the second round of the playoffs 2011 Stanley Cup.
1. (2) Washington Capitals (# 1 in the east of the seed) – Washington completed an impressive series of five games with the Rangers in large part thanks to Marian Gaborik. The Caps showed his impressive offensive could beat one of the best goalkeepers in the league, while its focus on defense closed weak attempts to score the Rangers. Rookie Michal Neuvirth was great for the Capitals and beat Henrik Lundqvist all series.
2. (1) Vancouver Canucks (# 1 in the west of the seed) – Vancouver was the best team in the regular season, but his history of choking in the playoffs raised his head. Roberto Luongo collapsed in the middle of the series, but was good enough for a 1.2 Seven victories. Still, getting the defending champions is never easy, and predators are probably the weakest team left in the playoffs. Should be fine, even if they play poorly again.
3. (4) Detroit Red Wings (# 3 seed in the West) – It looked good against the Coyotes, and may have taken hockey in the desert forever. No Henrik Zetterberg for the entire series and Johan Franzen for the fourth match, the Red Wings’ offense was unstoppable. Their sweep was the only four-game series in the first round. Had to be number one if you do not have to face the Sharks in the first round.
4. (3) San Jose Sharks (# 2 seed in West) – The Sharks are a nice balance of luck and explosiveness to get the whistle by the Kings in the first round. San Jose exploded to clear a handicap of four goals in the third game and carried the momentum through the fourth game. Narrowly escaped the first round, but displayed an incredibly powerful offense. I realize I’m hedging my bets a bit here, but if you can hold together they are a legitimate contender to win the West.
5. (5) Boston Bruins (# 3 seed in the East) – Tim Thomas is having pedestrian playoffs, but Bruins slipped past the FAN in seven. His second round match pairs of leaflets with the Bruins to another struggling team in the East. The Habs stayed until the end of the season as the Flyers. Because out of Boston, who have more time to wake up from a legitimate Stanley Cup run. They have a great defensive line, and a goalkeeper that must play better in the future. Given Philadelphia’s goaltending struggles, the Bruins could scream on the other.
6. (8) Tampa Bay Lightning (# 5 seed in the East) – Sure, Dwayne Roloson stopped what remains of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but what we really hope to stop the impressive capital offense? They might be able to win if you score lots of goals, but focus the new capital within the defense will be difficult in Tampa Bay. Of a crime like this, always have a shot – I do not see that happening in the second round.
7. (6) Philadelphia Flyers (# 2 seed in the East) – Yuck! Just got by the Sabres after using the three goalies on the list. Each one was withdrawn, but Brian Boucher turned heroic in the seventh game. Without Chris Pronger, the team seemed lost. Find a Bruins team physical evidence of injury to the hand Pronger early and often. His presence lifted the Flyers to the Sabres, but may not be sufficient to allow for the B.
8. (9) Nashville Predators (# 5 seed in the West) – The defense stingy second in the NHL in 2011 was led by Pekka Rinne Vezina finalist in the network. However, against the line of the Anaheim Ducks’ top impressive, the defense from predators. They outscored the Ducks to win the series in six, but more likely is that the struggle to end the Vancouver Canucks, despite of the recent fighting. They are # 2 in fewest goals allowed; only surpassed by the great team who play in the next round. Congratulations on reaching the second round for the first time in franchise history, but the ride ends miracle here.
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