The NHL playoffs 2010 start the second round at a loss. Although the 2010 NHL playoffs second round schedule has the Penguins, Red Wings and Blackhawks, the Capitals and Devils are long gone. The Devils were the first team to leave the postseason, and the Capitals were the last to go in round one, to the shock of every fan. With Alex Ovechkin gone, the league has to hope Sidney Crosby and the Penguins don’t go early as well. But although the road may be clear for the Penguins to go back to the Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL playoffs second round schedule has seven more upset minded teams left.
While the Eastern Conference was riddled with upsets, the Western Conference went according to form – with the Red Wings as the only ‘upset’ winner. After beating Phoenix in seven, the Red Wings stay out West to play San Jose, in tonight’s NHL playoffs 2010 second round opener at 9 p.m. EST.
Detroit was expected to beat Phoenix, although it took them a while. Although San Jose is the top seed, they may actually be the underdog, given the Red Wings’ experience and the Sharks’ playoff struggles. The top seed struggled badly against Colorado at first, but San Jose hopes their three game winning streak at the end will carry over.
The Eastern Conference part of the NHL playoffs 2010 second round schedule begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. EST. Montreal pulled the upset of the decade by coming back against Washington – and now the Canadiens get Pittsburgh for their trouble. The Penguins are now the top East seed left, and the new heavy favorite. Although the Canadiens came back against the Capitals, the Penguins are far more capable under pressure in May and June.
The last two NHL playoffs 2010 second round match ups start on Saturday, with some familiar pairings. With the Canadiens’ upset, the sixth seeded Bruins actually get to host their second round series, against the seventh seeded Flyers. The two met in the Winter Classic on New Years Day, but get to resume their playoff rivalry indoors, starting at 12:30 pm est Saturday.
Finally, the Blackhawks and Canucks will once again square off in round two. The two faced off last year at this time, with the Blackhawks upsetting the Canucks in six games. This year, the Blackhawks are the favorite and have home ice advantage, after both Chicago and Vancouver survived six game slugfests.
With the Capitals gone, the NHL playoffs 2010 second round schedule has a new aura of unpredictability. But although there’s no Ovechkin, the league still has Crosby and the Penguins, four Original Six teams, the surprising Flyers and the overdue Sharks and Canucks. However, the same old Penguins-Red Wings finals could emerge one more time.
The NHL playoffs 2010 couldn’t have started better in the first round, but now the second round schedule must carry the momentum.
NHL.com- “NHL Hockey Schedule for April 29, 2010 to May 6, 2010”