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Article Title ::RON RAYMOND'S NHL PLAYOFFS ROUND #2 (2009-04-29)
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If you're looking at betting on who will win the Stanley Cup, I'm still recommending the Pittsburgh Penguins at +400. For example, if you lay $100 at Bookmaker.com and the Penguins win the Cup, you will win $400 dollars. Plus, I like the Vancouver Canucks to represent the Western Conference and they are paying $715 for every $100 wager. Therefore, should Pittsburgh and Vancouver make the finals; you're guaranteed a $200 profit or a $515 profit.

Make sure you check out Hockeypicks.com each and every day, as I'm currently on a 8-2-2 SU run the last 8 days with my members picks.

NHL picks (+165) hockey picks (-195)

Ron's Analysis: The Boston Bruins are in the same boat as the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings; they are guilty of finishing off their opponent too early in Round #1. If there's one thing hockey players want to do during a tournament, they want to keep playing, as time off is not good for timing during the early games of a series. Being off this long, you sort of lose the momentum you received from the prior series and must start all over from scratch. However, for the Carolina Hurricanes, the way they won their last 2 games, they could be caught in a letdown situation in Game #1, but they have in my view, the hottest goalie in hockey the last 45 days. Carolina is 13-5 SU the last 45 days and goaltender Cam Ward is playing like he did when he won the cup in 2006. The Bruins can play any type of hockey; they can play a fast pace game and they can play a physical type game as well. However, the Bruins can't get caught up in a physical and scrappy type games, because you have guys like Lucic who can over due it and be vulnerable to taking stupid penalties and getting suspended like he did in the first round of the playoffs vs. Montreal. Boston strength is their defense, Chara is the key to the Bruins defense and guys like Ryder and Kessel will need to continue their scoring ways. At this point of the year, the Canes have the advantage in nets and they are the leagues most disciplined hockey team which will force Boston to win their games 5 on 5, as the Canes don't want the Bruins to use their great power play units. Take the Canes at +165.

Ron's Prediction: Carolina in 7 games.

NHL picks (+100) hockey picks (-125)

Ron's Analysis: From a Marketing perspective, this will be the best Series of the Playoffs, as you have 3 of the greatest hockey players in the world on one sheet of ice. The Washington Capitals were not consistent in their series vs. the Rangers and were out played in the first and second period vs. New York in Game #7, but good goaltending won them that game. In fact, Capitals tough guy Donald Brashear missed Game #1, #2 and #7 and those were the Caps worst games, so I'm thinking from a psychological point of view, when the Capitals don't dress their team body guard, the Capitals are a totally different team, as you didn't see Ovechkin run around and start nailing people like he did in Game #3, #4, #5 and #6. Washington's goaltender Simeon Varlamov played decent, but it's tough to back a team with a unproven playoff goalie and clearly the edge goes to the Penguins in this department. The Penguins are deeper at the forward positions in my view and Mike Green seems to have taken too many hits in Game #6 and #7 and look for the Penguins to pound him during the first few games. The Penguins can match the Capitals at the forward and defensive position and they have the better playoff goaltender who can steal them a road game. Washington was 3-1 SU vs. the Penguins during the regular season, but things are different now that head coach Dan Bylsma is running the show. Great value on the Pittsburgh Penguins at +100!

Ron's Prediction: Pittsburgh in 6 Games.

NHL picks (+240) hockey picks (-300)

Ron's Analysis: Ken Hitchcock was on a Toronto radio station last week and he was talking about his first round playoff experience for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Detroit Red Wings and he gave the listeners some great insight. He stated one of the main reasons his team lost in 4 straight was the fact the gas tank was empty and the last 60 days was basically their playoff run and they had nothing left in the tank emotion wise to give the Red Wings a competitive series. Another factor he harped on was the size of the Red Wings forwards and the speed they have up front. He didn't realize how big guys like Hossa, Franzen and Holmstrom were and how they were able to turn it up a notch in the playoffs. As for the Ducks, they have what I like to call the “4 horseman” on the blue line; Whitney, Beauchemin, Niedermayer and Pronger. Anaheim slept walked the first ¾ of the season and have really turned the meter to go the last 45 days by going 14-6 SU in that time span. The Ducks were able to intimidate the Sharks with their physical play, but that's not going to fly against this veteran Red Wings team who will not back down from players like Pronger and Getzlaf. Plus, if guys like Corey Perry start running around with their elbows up like he did in Game #6 vs. the Sharks, he will get a quick wake up call. From a betting point of view, I cannot recommend you lay -300 to win $100 in this series, but I'm picking the Red Wings to win this series. Hillier is the big question mark in my view and the Ducks will need to get the first goal of the game if they intent to win this series. Bottom line, the team that scores first in each game, will win that game and they will need 4 games to win the series.

Ron's Prediction: Detroit in 5 games.

NHL picks (+110) hockey picks (-135)

Ron's Analysis: The Vancouver Canucks have been the hottest team in the National Hockey League the last 90 days. In fact, the Canucks are 27-10 SU the last 90 days, 18-7 SU (Last 60 Days) and 14-5 SU (Last 45 days). Obviously, Roberto Luongo is the Canucks most valuable player, but its players like Burrows and the Sedins who played a great support role in Round 1, mostly because they've shown some grit to muck it out in their series vs. the Blues. Another key factor is Sami Salo, he's fighting a groin injury, but he was valuable to the Canucks at the blue line with his 4 points in 3 games. Beggars can't be choosers, but I'm sure the Canucks would have liked to finished off the Blues in 5 or 6 games, because now their “game timing” could be off in their first game vs. the Hawks. Chicago used their team speed and great goaltending to beat an injury riddled Flames teams and I'm still worried about their ability to play on the road vs. a defensive team like Vancouver. Nikolai Khabibulin is 6-16-2 SU vs. the Canucks in his career and Luongo is 9-6-1 SU vs. the Hawks and he's 19-5 SU at home. The last time these two teams met, the Canucks won 4-0 in a very high spirited affair and this series could resemble that last game which would make for good drama from the old lazy boy! In the end, it's going to boil down to the Canucks defense vs. the Hawks speed and inexperience. Plus, from a betting perspective, this is great value to bet on Vancouver at -135.

Ron's Prediction: Vancouver in 6 games.