The NHL playoffs bracket 2010 is now inches from the final eight. In 48 hours, the NHL playoffs bracket 2010 will move into the second round, after two Game 7 matchups. Game 7 is the most exciting thing in sports, and the NHL will have the first of many to come in the next two months. What’s more, they are among the most unlikely Game 7’s imaginable, as the Capitals and Red Wings are fighting for their lives. No matter if they win, or if the Canadiens and Coyotes stun the experts, the NHL playoffs bracket 2010 will finally reset soon.
The hockey postseason is quite different from basketball, at least in the first round. The highest seed left in a conference after round one always faces the lowest, no matter what, leaving the other two survivors to face off. In the Eastern Conference, the highest seed left could be a four, if Washington completes a stunning collapse.
The NHL playoffs bracket 2010 was supposed to pencil the Capitals for round two days ago. Yet Montreal rallied back with a Game 5 road upset, and then overwhelmed Washington in Game 6. Thanks to Jaroslav Halak’s 53 saves, the Canadiens have forced Alex Ovechkin’s fourth straight Game 7.
The Eastern Conference was already riddled with upsets, after the Flyers beat the Devils and the Bruins finished off the Sabres last night. If the Canadiens pull one more upset, the NHL playoffs bracket 2010 will have a four, six, seven and eight seed left in the East.
In that scenario, Pittsburgh would be the highest seed left and would face Montreal, while sixth seed Boston would actually host Philadelphia. But if the Capitals recover, they would face the Flyers while the Bruins visited the Penguins.
In contrast, the NHL playoffs bracket 2010 is far more stable out West – as they actually have their second round matchups all but set. After the Blackhawks eliminated the Predators, they guaranteed themselves a meeting with Vancouver for the second straight year. But the final piece of the Western puzzle comes in the first NHL Game 7, as Phoenix hosts Detroit.
The winner of this match will take on San Jose in the semifinals, no matter what. All the experience and history points to the Red Wings, but they already failed to eliminate the Coyotes at home. Now they have to do it on the road, against a team that’s already defied the odds.
The NHL playoffs bracket 2010 has a near straight chalk formation in the West and chaos in the East – the exact opposite of the NBA. But hockey will get to the second round first, after the final winner-take-all showdowns tonight and tomorrow.
Versus showcases Detroit and Phoenix at 9 pm est tonight, but fans will really be looking forward to Montreal and Washington’s Game 7 tomorrow at 7.
Yahoo Sports- “Seven reasons the Canadiens forced Game 7 against Capitals”
Boston Globe- “Upsets make Stanley Cup playoffs special”