Wow! Three of the four Conference Semi-Final series go to Game 7, the other ending in six games. So, here are the match ups:
Western Conference Finals
(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (4) Chicago Blackhawks
A young Blackhawks seem look to advance to the Finals since 1992. Once again, the team that beats Detroit will make it to at least the Stanley Cup Finals. The defending Cup champs should have no problem with the young team. I will be surprised if this series goes beyond six games, Wings in five.
Eastern Conference Finals
(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Carolina Hurricanes
This one is anyone's guess. The Hurricanes with back-to-back Game 7 wins to reach the Conference Finals, the Penguins looking to get back to the Finals for the second year in a row. Sidney Crosby and gang have learned a lot last season, Penguins in six.
I am hoping for a Blackhawks vs Penguns final...an all bird final. Also, the Red Wings (2008) and Hurricanes (2006) have recently won cups. The young teams will be good for hockey.