The 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have now gone through 2 exciting rounds. After the 2nd round, we are now left with 4 teams remaining, competing for a chance to fight for the Stanley Cup. The Eastern Conference Finals will be played exclusively between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes. The Western Conference Division Finals has the #2 ranked Detroit Red Wings playing against a young Chicago Blackhawks team. The 2009 3nd Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs should be filled with some great matchups and some exciting hockey. I will offer my 2009 Conference Finals round Playoff predictions below, and I will also add my Stanley Cup Finals predictions as well, and we’ll see how well my predictions fare. Stay tuned to updates for the NHL Playoffs as well as NHL draft news by subscribing to the Ultimate Hockey Warrior:
Western Conference Final NHL Playoff 3nd Round MatchUps
2. Detroit Red Wings (defeated Ducks 4-3)
4. Chicago Blackhawks (defeated Canucks 4-2)
The Red Wings are coming off a hard-fought matchup with the Anaheim Ducks. They are getting a lot of scoring from Franzen as well as their character players. The Hawks took down two Canadian teams, the Canucks and Flames. The Hawks are getting scoring from all 4 lines and are being backstopped by Khabibulin, one of the best goalies in the NHL. The Red Wings are well-coached and experienced and have the edge in the series over a very young Blackhawks team.
I see this game going 6 games. The Detroit Red Wings will win the 2008 NHL Playoff Western Conference Final 4-2
Eastern Conference Final NHL Playoff 3nd Round MatchUps
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (defeated Capitals 4-3)
6. Carolina Hurricanes (defeated Bruins 4-3)
The Penguins and the Hurricanes both had long, hard-fought series. The Penguins matched up against a tough Capitals team last round before they blew out the Caps in game 7. The Hurricanes beat the #1 seed Bruins with a brand of tough hockey and timely scoring. The Hurricanes are not making any mistakes when they find themselves with a good scoring chance. These two teams will match up well against each other in terms of speed and physical play. Crosby and Malkin put the Penguins overtop and will lead the Penguins to victory. The Penguins will win in 6 games.
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