And Then There Were Four – Lord Stanley’s Cup Moves to Round 3 by Jamie Gilcig #NHL

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Wow, four for four!   My second round picks seem to have played out.   The boys are in the home stretch.  They’re tired, banged up, bruised, and bearded (for those that can grow them)   It’s what real players live for and it’s time to play for the big payday!

Who’s left and why?

Carolina @ Boston.

What can you say.  The magic of the Hurricane’s season seems to have some substance too.   You apparently don’t need to pay a goalie over $10M to get solid net minding.  Boston will miss Charlie McEvoy for game 1 due to a suspension.

The Hurc’s have clearly learned how to win in the play offs and they have some horses in the race.

All that being said the Bruins have to be the odds on faves and for this one I’ll tag along with the crowd.  While I’ll be rooting for Carolina, my gut says Bruins in 5.

St. Louis @ San Jose.

Tomas Hertl is having quite the second season after having quite the first season.  He’s a big body solid 1C and this season he’s proving himself.

Unlike Nazim Kadri of Leaf Nation fame; Evander Kane is controlling his temper and showing some solid power forward numbers.

I’m not sure any team can survive the San Jose D of Karlsson, Burns, and Vlasic.   Since Vlasic’s return goalie Martin Jones has turned his game around too.

St. Louis has defied the odds this season.  They have had some great seasons from their players, especially leader Ryan O’Reilly, and rookie Goalie Jordan Binnington.  The team though has been solid with 8 goals from Jaden Schwartz and numbers from Alex Pietrangelo.

I’m going to go with the Sharks even though I’m rooting for the Blues.

Either way it’s been an interesting NHL post season and the teams that most predicted to be there at the end are now long gone.