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The Great Playoff Debate 2009: Round II

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Panthers broadcasters Steve Goldstein (FSN Florida) and Randy Moller (790 The Ticket) are back once again to break down the Playoffs series all the way until the Stanley Cup. The two will each pick a winner for each series and why they think that team will win. There will of course be some jawing, but all in good fun.


After going a pretty impressive five-out-of-eight in the picks department, Steve leads Randy by two series as Moller went an abysmal three for eight in picking the right team to win the series. That's why we're letting Goldie pick first in the second round. Goldie by the way is now on twitter so you can now follow him at twitter.com/goldieonice. He'll be tweeting throughout the playoffs during the games.

Steve Goldstein
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Boston vs Carolina...The Bruins dominated the regular season series although this is a different Carolina team. The Hurricanes literally went from the season being over to winning Game 7 in Jersey with two late goals. Great comeback. Great story. Party is over though. The Bruins can defend , score and are healthy and rested. Carolina will steal one early in the series but once the B's rev it up, look out. Boston in 5

Washington vs Pittsburgh...I love watching Ovechkin and wish I could pick the Caps but the Pens will prove too much. Like Pittburgh's series against the Flyers, the Penguins play a team that isn't great on defense and has questions in net. The Caps saved their series with the Rangers by going with the rookie goalie, but Varlamov isn't facing Gomez, Naslund, Dubinsky and Antropov now. Malkin and Crobsy will welcome him, oficially , to the playoffs in rude fashion. Pittsburgh will outscore Washington easily. This series is a must watch as Crosby and Ovheckin go head to head. They dislike one another anyway, and now a spot in the Conference Finals is at stake. Great theater! Penguins in 6

Detroit vs Anaheim...The Ducks are red hot and will go toe to toe with the Wings. Detroit will bottle up Anaheim's offense, something the sharks couldn't do. It's a toss up because you never know how Chris Osgood will play in goal but I go with the Wings. Too much firepower. Detroit in 7

Vancouver vs Chicago...What a great matchup this one is. Both the Canucks and Blackhawks were very impressive in the first rond and both feel they can go all the way to the Cup Finals. Luongo has a whole new challenge in this series after facing St. Louis. Chicago's growing up before our eyes and they will pull this series out. Chicago in 7

Detroit vs. Chicago in the West Finals, Pittsburgh vs. Boston in the east. Exciting hockey to be sure!

Randy Moller
EASTERN CONFERENECE

Boston vs Carolina...The Canes are on a roll now and Eric Staal will be the series MVP, and former Panther Ray "The Wizard" Whitney will continue his scoring prowness. The lay off will be detrimental to the Bruins. Carolina will steal a game in Beantown, and canes Cam Ward will outplay Timmy "Tool Time" Thomas. Boston is a more physical team, but speed wins this for Carolina. Carolina in 7
 
Washington vs Pittsburgh...The Caps are just starting to hit their stride. They only played well in two games against the NY Rangers, and now know what it takes. Malkin and Crosby will shine, but look for Ovechkin, along with Alex Semin and Nicklas Backstrom to run wild over Pittsburgh's soft defense. Special teams will decide this series, and Washington's five-man unit is lethal. Washington in 7
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE

Detroit vs Anaheim... Again, Goldie doesn't know or understand how momentum is key in playoff hockey. Ducks will punish the Wings from start to finish. Does anyone claim to have a better "top 4" defense than the Ducks? Look for Ryan Getzlaf to dominate up the middle like he did against the Sharks. Hiller will outplay Osgood in goal, and the Motor City boys will be kicking hubcaps down Greektown Way. Anaheim in 7
 
Vancouver vs Chicago... I love the young and talented Hawks, but they will falter against the more experienced Canucks team. Roberto Luongo is virtually unbeatable right now, and has re-claimed his title as worlds best netminder. If Chicago doesn't score a ton on the powerplay, they will be in trouble. Look for the Sedin twins to wreak havoc on the Windy City's defense, and big dollar man Brian Campbell will be a non-factor! Vancouver in 6
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