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Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for four series after wild first round

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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was not kind to the teams with home-ice advantage.

Five of the eight teams with home-ice advantage in the first round were eliminated, including the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning, the Calgary Flames, who had the best record in the Western Conference, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

The first round was also rough on the experts at NHL.com. Of the 14 who made first-round picks, two -- Editor-in-Chief Bill Price and senior writer Dan Rosen -- didn't have a losing record, each going 4-4. Three of the 14 -- staff writer Tom Gulitti, senior fantasy editor Pete Jensen and deputy managing editor Brian Compton -- have their predicted Stanley Cup champion, the Boston Bruins, still alive.

The second round of the playoffs begins with two games Thursday and our experts are back for another shot. Here are their selections:

 

Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com staff writer

First-round record: 2-6

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Tim Campbell, NHL.com staff writer

First-round record: 2-6

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Brian Compton, NHL.com deputy managing editor

First-round record: 1-7 

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, NHL.com columnist

First-round record: 3-5

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: Dallas Stars

 

William Douglas, NHL.com staff writer

First-round record: 2-6

Eastern Conference Second Round
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference Second Round
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Tom Gulitti, NHL.com staff writer

First-round record: 3-5 

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: Dallas Stars

 

Pete Jensen, NHL.com senior fantasy editor

First-round record: 3-5

Eastern Conference Second Round 
CAR vs. NYI: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Adam Kimelman, NHL.com deputy managing editor

First-round record: 1-7 

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com staff writer

First-round record: 2-6

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: Colorado Avalanche
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Tracey Myers, NHL.com staff writer

First-round record: 2-6 

Eastern Conference Second Round
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference Second Round
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: Dallas Stars

 

Bill Price, NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

First-round record: 4-4

Eastern Conference Second Round
NYI vs. CAR: Carolina Hurricanes
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins 

Western Conference Second Round
SJS vs. COL: Colorado Avalanche 
STL vs. DAL: Dallas Stars 

 

Shawn Roarke, NHL.com Senior Director of Editorial

First-round record: 2-6

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders 
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Dan Rosen, NHL.com senior writer

First-round record: 4-4

Eastern Conference Second Round
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference Second Round
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks 
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Dave Stubbs, NHL.com columnist

First-round record: 1-7 

Eastern Conference Second Round
NYI vs. CAR: New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: Colorado Avalanche
STL vs. DAL: St. Louis Blues

 

Mike Zeisberger, NHL.com staff writer

First-round record: 1-7

Eastern Conference Second Round 
NYI vs. CAR:  New York Islanders
BOS vs. CBJ: Boston Bruins

Western Conference Second Round 
SJS vs. COL: San Jose Sharks
STL vs. DAL: Dallas Stars

 

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