On the eve of the NHL's second season, the excitement builds for close games, late nights, crazy rituals, and the #bucciovertimechallenge.
I also present to you the rest of my first round picks.
Without further ado…
Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings
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Prediction: Bruins in 7
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets
My take: The Jackets are no pushover with young scorers in Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner, but unless the Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury plays like a dumpster fire again (which if he does, it could be adios from Pittsburgh), the Penguins should survive and advance.
Prediction: Penguins in 6
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens
My take: Will the real Carey Price please stand up? Montreal's netminder was awful in last year's playoff loss to Ottawa. Can he recapture his Olympic magic against an explosive Lightning offense? Everyone knows about Steven Stamkos, but rookies Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat have made waves in Tampa.
Prediction: Lightning in 6
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia FlyersRead more... Join the Conversation...