And since the second round starts tonight, have to get the picks up today ... EAST (1) Rangers vs. (7) Capitals: I think this is the best possible matchup for Washington, which seems strange to say since New York was legitimately the best team in the East this season. The way the Caps are playing right now is very similar to the Rangers. What worries me about the Rangers, though, is the contributions they get up and down their lineup on a regular basis. You can shutdown Gaborik and they will still find a way through guys like Callahan and Stralman and even this new kid Kreider looks really good. And Richards seems to have found his footing on Broadway and will be a factor in the series. Holtby will steal a game, but over the long haul, Lundqvist is certainly better. It'll suck for me, but ... RANGERS IN 6. (5) Flyers vs. (6) Devils: Philadelphia is so dangerous right now. They have the best player left in the East in Giroux, players who will produce goals like Jagr and Coturier, and little punks like Briere that make plays in series like this and have a strong postseason scoring record. I wonder a bit about their defense, and I wonder a lot about their goaltending, which means this won't be an easy series. I also think the Flyers are going to have a more difficult time getting the Devils into the post-whistle shenanigans than they did that distracted the Penguins in the quarterfinals. New Jersey needs a Herculean effort to advance and I think they are capable of almost that level of play. Hate to say it, but ... FLYERS IN 7. WEST (2) Blues vs. (8) Kings: As someone noted last week, each game in this series ought to just start with overtime and scoreless, because that's about how these games are going to go. Both teams have great goaltending, so there's no advantage there. Each team is strong defensively, won't back down from physicality, and have enough offensive players to be a threat. It's really a coin flip, but I'll give the home team the edge. BLUES IN 7. (3) Coyotes vs. (4) Predators: Mike Smith had a great series vs. Chicago in goal for Phoenix, and he could certainly continue to do that in this series. But Nashville is better defensively and I think they have more weapons in terms of scoring. Nashville will overwhelm a very game Phoenix team. PREDATORS IN 6. So, we'll end up with Rangers-Flyers and Blues-Predators. Or, maybe not.