(April 24) - Flyers winger Mike Knuble, who is staying local while his kids remain in school, stopped by the Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone on Tuesday and made the following predictions for the NHL quarterfinals.
The second round of the playoffs begins on Wednesday, April 25.
Buffalo Sabres vs. NY Rangers
Knuble says: "I think the Rangers have gained a lot of momentum coming into the playoffs. They have to be extremely happy with sweeping Atlanta. I don’t think anybody would have seen that coming. Buffalo has been in the running the whole year. They had an excellent run last season and are a great team top to bottom. I am going to go with Buffalo in that series, mainly because they have home ice advantage. Buffalo in six."
New Jersey Devils vs. Ottawa Senators
Knuble says: "Ottawa is probably the most physical team left in the Eastern Conference right now as far as their physicality of their defensemen and some of their forwards up front. This series comes down to Ottawa’s offense against New Jersey’s defense. New Jersey’s forwards are pretty good and goaltender Martin Brodeur continues to play extremely well. If New Jersey’s offense keeps scoring the timely goals that they have been it is going to be a tough series for Ottawa to win. New Jersey in seven."
Detroit Red Wings vs. San Jose Sharks
Knuble says: "I think this will be an excellent series. Detroit is obviously the #1 seed. San Jose looked very good in their last series. I see this going the full seven games. This is a very difficult decision but I am going to predict an upset. San Jose in seven."
Anaheim Mighty Ducks vs. Vancouver Canucks
Knuble says: "Anaheim is a complete team. Vancouver might be a little too spent. They used up a lot of energy trying to make it to this round (beating Dallas in seven games) while Anahiem has been sitting around resting. Luongo is obviously the X-factor in the series but I think Anaheim’s balance and their overall package will be too much for Vancouver. I would love to see an Anaheim vs. San Jose match-up. Anaheim in five."