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Second Round Pick Review

by Seamus O'Callahan / Dallas Stars

Before moving on to the Western Conference Finals, here’s a look back at what the “experts” were predicting for the Stars-Sharks series.

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Extra Kudos (for nailing the pick in 6 games) to:

Razor: Stars in 6

Jennifer Floyd-Engel, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
Stars in 6

Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News: Stars in 6 “Dallas was 3-0-1 in San Jose during the regular season and should benefit from starting on the road.”

Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Stars in 6 “Dallas will steal at least one early road game from the weary Sharks, and the Stars’ three scoring lines will be too much for San Jose.”

David Amber, ESPN: Stars in 6

E.J. Hradek, ESPN: Stars in 6

Bill Clement, Hockey Analyst: Stars in 6

David Bastl, Sportsnet: Stars in 6 “Logic would normally say the Sharks should take this one, but I've never really used logic for any of my day to day decisions, so I'm going with Dallas to win for my third upset of the second round.”

Joe O’Connor, National Post: Stars in 6 “Take Zubov out of the lineup and then ... the Dallas power play goes 10-for-38 against the Chris Pronger/Scott Niedermayer/Mathieu Schneider Ducks. Go figure and, if you are San Jose, go practice your penalty killing since it was the worst of any team in Round 1 (72.7%).”

Regular Kudos:

Tracey Myers, Ft. Star-Telegram:
Stars in 7

Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News: Stars in 7 “Last spring pro team in Dallas still standing sends Jeremy Roenick back into retirement.”

Sean McCormick, Sportsnet: Stars in 5 “If special teams wins you hockey games in the play-offs, then this one has sweep written all over it. Dallas scored 10 times on the PP in round 1, good for a 26% success rate - tops among all remaining teams. The worst PK? It belongs to the San Jose Sharks at just 73%. Best PP vs. Worst PK. Hmmmm. I believe the term is "like shooting fish in a barrel", or how about "like a summer internship at Vogue magazine". Marty Turco had his moments in round 1, as did Evgeni Nabokov, but it's time for one of these guys to put an entire series together.”

Eatin’ Some Crow:

Scott Burnside, ESPN: Sharks in 6 (He did pick the Stars to have a long run on April 7)

Jacques Demers, USA Today: Sharks in 7

Kevin Allen, USA Today: Sharks in 6

Double crow -- all below are 0-2 in their picks for Stars playoff series, also taking the Ducks:

Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News: Sharks in 7 “Stars have enough scoring spread across three lines to push San Jose to the limit. Sharks don’t have Stars’ health issues on the blue line.”

Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News: Sharks in 6 “Sergei Zubov returns, but the Stars’ blue line is not quite good enough.”

Linda Cohn, ESPN: Sharks in 7

Barry Melrose, ESPN: Sharks in 6

John Buccigross, ESPN: Sharks in 6 (but we still love you Bucci)

Bob McKenzie, TSN: San Jose

Darren Dreger, TSN: San Jose

Maggie the Monkey, TSN: San Jose (do monkeys eat crow?)

Pierre LeBrun, Canadian Press: Sharks in 7 “Best two teams left in the NHL right now? Perhaps. This will be a grudge match between two elite Pacific Division foes. The Stars surprised many (ok, me) by knocking off the defending Cup champions in Anaheim. And Dallas was full value for it, out-skating and out-chancing the Ducks throughout the series. Since I picked the Sharks to win the Cup before the season, I can't give up on them now. Still, I don't feel as confident about this pick…”

Eklund: Sharks in 7 “These teams split eight games this year, with the most accurate game coming on March 27th where both teams had something to play for and the Sharks won 3-2 in OT. This has "seven game series" written all over it. I think the Sharks are getting a highly under-rated team in Dallas and the Sharks must guard against a letdown following the highly emotional series against Calgary. These teams are dead even in my mind, but the Sharks have an extra gear that the Stars may not have.”


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