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2009 NHL Playoffs semifinals: Defending Big D makes their picks

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After an exciting first round of playoff hockey, we now set our sights on what should be an even more incredible conference semifinals. You have the Carolina Hurricanes looking to continue their postseason magic after an improbable game seven win against the New Jersey Devils. The NHL's biggest names and two players on completely opposite ends of the personality spectrum, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, will face off against each other in their series. And once again the Aneheim Ducks have the chance to knock off a top seeded power, with the help of some spectacular goaltending (something the Wings don't have much of this year).

Gravypan still has his playoff favorite Blackhawks alive and well, but Derek and I must find another team to root for after the Blue Jackets failed to even win one game in their series. Right now I'm pretty close to openly rooting for the Capitals, since I despise every Western Conference team that remains.

Once again, we here at Defending Big D have taken our stab at predicting the outcomes of each of the four series. Follow the jump to see our picks as well as the full television schedules.

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#2 Detroit Red Wings Vs. #8 Anaheim Ducks
Winging it in Motown | Battle of California

Brandon: Wings in six
Gravypan: ANA in 6
Derek: Wings in 6

Friday, May 1 at Detroit, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN2
Sunday, May 3 at Detroit, 2:00 p.m. NBC, TSN
Tuesday, May 5 at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
Thursday, May 7 at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
*Sunday, May 10 at Detroit, 5:00 p.m. TSN
*Tuesday, May 12 at Anaheim, TBD VERSUS, TSN
*Thursday, May 14 at Detroit, TBD VERSUS, TSN

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#3 Vancouver Canucks Vs. #4 Chicago Blackhawks
Nucks Misconduct | Second City Hockey

Brandon: Canucks in seven
Gravypan: CHI in 7 (picking w/ my heart)
Derek: Hawks in 7.

Thursday, April 30 at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
Saturday, May 2 at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
Tuesday, May 5 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
Thursday, May 7 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
*Saturday, May 9 at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m CBC, VERSUS
*Monday, May 11 at Chicago, 9:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS (JIP)
*Thursday, May 14 at Vancouver, TBD CBC, VERSUS

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#1 Boston Bruins Vs. #6 Carolina Hurricanes
Stanley Cup of Chowder | Canes Country

Brandon: Bruins in six.
Gravypan: BOS in 6
Derek: Bruins in 6.

Friday, May 1 at Boston, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS (JIP), TSN
Sunday, May 3 at Boston, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
Wednesday, May 6 at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS (JIP), TSN
Friday, May 8 at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS (JIP), TSN
*Sunday, May 10 at Boston, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
*Tuesday, May 12 at Carolina, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
*Thursday, May 14 at Boston, TBD TSN

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#2 Washington Capitals Vs. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins
Japer's Rink | Pensburgh

Brandon: Capitals in six
Gravypan: WAS in 7
Derek: Caps in 7

Saturday, May 2 at Washington, 1:00 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Monday, May 4 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 6 at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Friday, May 8 at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Saturday, May 9 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Monday, May 11 at Pittsburgh, TBD VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Wednesday, May 13 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS