[caption id="attachment_8465" align="aligncenter" width="420"] Jared Wickerham / Getty Images[/caption] We're now into Round 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and already we've seen some absolutely fantastic games. Here's a quick preview of the upcoming matchups. Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs Detroit Redwings (7) The Blackhawks come after winning their series against Minnesota Wild in five games on the back of great performances from their defense including a scary penalty-killing performance that saw Minnesota score on none of their 17 power plays. The Redwings took it to the wire against the Anaheim Ducks, winning their series thanks to a 3-2 performance in Game 7. Despite Anaheim leading the series in three separate occasions an improving Redwing defense saw them step up when it counted in the final game. The Blackhawks come into their series against the Redwings as favourites and will expect another big performance from goaltender Corey Crawford. The Redwings' young defense will have their hands full against a scary Blackhawks offensive unit and should be concerned with fatigue after a long and punishing Round 1 series. Right now the Blackhawks are too good and should win the series in six games. Los Angeles Kings (5) vs San Jose Sharks (6) The Kings won their series against the St. Louis Blues in six games with a 2-1 victory in Game 6. The Kings showed incredible poise, coming back to win the series after getting into a 2-0 deficit early. The Sharks easily won their series against the Vancover Canucks in four games, including two overtime wins. The Sharks were especially impressive during the power play, scoring seven times in 24 chances. The Sharks will be looking to capitalize on their momentum leading into the series against the Kings and hope to continue to play well on defense and make the most of all their chances. The Kings have the experience to go deep into the playoffs and will once again look to a great performance from defenseman Slava Voynov, I expect the Kings to win the series in seven games. Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs Ottawa Senators (7) The Penguins won their series against the New York Islanders in six games. While the Islanders played well, the story of this series was the poor performances from the Penguins -- especially on defense -- who had previously dominated throughout the regular season. The Sentators only took five games to win their matchup against the Canadiens that included a convincing 6-1 win in Game 5. The Sentators had terrific performances from their defense -- particularly from goaltender Craig Anderson -- that saw them comfortably win this series. The Sentators showed toughness against the Canadiens but should be wary that the Penguins have finally shaken off their playoff doldrums. If the Pens solve their problems on defense and show some more effort on offence then the Senators will have their hands full. I expect the Penguins to win it in six games. Boston Bruins (4) vs New York Rangers (6) The Bruins won their series in seven games against the Leafs in dramatic fashion, returning in Game 7 from a 1-4 deficit and winning it in overtime 5-4. It was the first time in the history of the NHL that a team erased a three-goal deficit in the third period of a Game 7. The Rangers come out of a seven game series with the Washington Capitals that included 5-0 win in Game 7. After being 2-0 down in the series the Rangers seem to have returned to form on the back of an outstanding performance from goaltender Henrk Lundqvist. The Bruins will need to focus on Lundqvist and work out a way to score against the hot Rangers defence if they want to win. The Rangers on the other hand will need to see some more consistency on offence. This is the first time these teams have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 40 years, expect fireworks. I believe Bruins will win the series in seven games. Without question one of the major stories so far of this playoffs will be the exceptional play on defense, especially goaltending. We'll see if the trend continues into the Round 2.