Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins
What a doozy of a matchup, as the top-two teams in the East meet in the second-round. It’s a series that would be best served with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line, but that’s the current playoff system for you.
Still, this series would feature goal scores, goalies standing on their head and big time hits.
A series that’s sure to push the limits of both teams, but one team stands in the end.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Lighting in seven.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
Another series that shouldn’t be played until the ECF, but one that’s familiar to both sides. It’s captain versus captain. Crosby vs. Ovechkin. Again. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: is this the year for the Capitals?
If so, then they’ll end Pittsburgh’s quest for a three-peat, and finally make it to the ECF.
Prediction: Pittsburgh in six.