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Preds Broadcasters Look at Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs

Thursday, 04.30.2009 / 2:50 PM / Features
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Preds Broadcasters Look at Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs
Nashville Predators broadcasters Tom Callahan, Terry Crisp, and Pete Weber continue to break down the 2009 NHL playoffs with their predictions in the four second round match-ups.

Round 1 Results:
West: #8 Anaheim d. #1 San Jose, 4-2; #2 Detroit d. #7 Columbus, 4-0; #3 Vancouver d. #6 St. Louis, 4-0; #4 Chicago d. #5 Calgary, 4-2
East: #1 Boston d. #8 Montreal, 4-0; #2 Washington d. #7 NY Rangers, 4-3; #6 Carolina d. #3 New Jersey, 4-3; #4 Pittsburgh d. #5 Philadelphia 4-2

Rating the Experts
Tom Callahan - 6 of 8 (2 of 4 in Western Conference)
Terry Crisp - 6 of 8 (4 of 4 in Western Conference)
Pete Weber - 6 of 8 (2 of 4 in Western Conference)
NashvillePredators.com - 5 of 8 (3 of 4 in Western Conference)


Western Conference

#2 Detroit vs. #8 Anaheim
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2008-09 Series Results: 3-1 Detroit (Detroit 3-0-1, 7 pts; Anaheim 1-3-0, 2 pts)
Predictions: (Detroit by split decision)
Tom Callahan - Detroit in 5
Terry Crisp - Anaheim in 6
Pete Weber - Detroit in 7
NashvillePredators.com - Detroit in 6
Pete Weber's Take: I DO respect the Red Wings and what they have accomplished over the past 15 seasons or so (so why did I pick Columbus to upset them?). The Wings and Chris Osgood -- the man I doubted so much heading into the playoffs -- thoroughly shut down the Blue Jackets over the first three games of their series. I also believe that no team played as well in the first round as the Ducks did in their upset of San Jose. Jonas Hiller is hot in goal. If this series goes as long as I think it will, and with all the travel that would involve, I don't think the winner will have anything left.

#3 Vancouver vs. #4 Chicago

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2008-09 Series Results: Split 2-2 (Vancouver 2-2-0, 4 pts; Chicago 2-2-0, 4 pts)
Predictions: (Chicago by split decision)
Tom Callahan - Vancouver in 7
Terry Crisp - Chicago in 6
Pete Weber - Chicago in 6
NashvillePredators.com - Chicago in 6
Pete Weber's Take: The Blackhawks actually had a better record than the Canucks, but Vancouver won the Northwest Division and Chicago finished second to Detroit in the Central, so the Canucks have the home-ice advantage. Roberto Luongo has played better than Nikolai Khabibulin in the post-season, but St. Louis wasn't as much of a threat as Calgary was to Chicago. The Blackhawks are marginally better than the Canucks both offensively and defensively.



Eastern Conference
#1 Boston vs. #6 Carolina
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2008-09 Series Results: 4-0 Boston (Boston 4-0-0, 8 pts; Carolina 0-4-0, 0 pts)
Predictions: (Boston)
Tom Callahan - Boston in 5
Terry Crisp - Boston in 7
Pete Weber - Boston in 6
NashvillePredators.com - Boston in 5

#2 Washington vs. #4 Pittsburgh
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2008-09 Series Results: 3-1 Washington (Washington 3-0-1, 7 pts; Pittsburgh 1-3-0, 2 pts)
Predictions: (Pittsburgh by split decision)
Tom Callahan - Pittsburgh in 6
Terry Crisp - Pittsburgh in 7
Pete Weber - Pittsburgh in 7
NashvillePredators.com - Washington in 7

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