First Round Predictions

The beginning of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs is finally upon us, with the first game being played tonight at 7:30 PM EST between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers on the NBC Sports Network (formally Versus). There are certainly some great match-ups in this years playoffs for all hockey fans to enjoy, so like everyone else we cannot wait for the first round to start. Before the puck drops though the staff of Sunshine State Hockey would like to provide the loyal readers of SSH with our predictions on the first round. Of course when anyone predicts something it is just a glorified guess based off of previous history and statistical information, but it is certainly still fun to do.

Eastern Conference

#1 New York Rangers VS #8 Ottawa Senators

Marc: Rangers in 6 games
Rob: Rangers in 5 games
Ana: Rangers in 6 games 

#2 Boston Bruins VS #7 Washington Capitals

Marc: Bruins in 7 games
Rob: Bruins in 5 games
Ana: Bruins in 7 games

#3 Florida Panthers VS #6 New Jersey Devils

Marc: Panthers in 7 games
Rob: Panthers in 6 games
Ana: Panthers in 6 games

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins VS #5 Philadelphia Flyers

Marc: Penguins in 6 games
Rob: Penguins in 6 games
Ana: Penguins in 6 games

Western Conference

#1 Vancouver Canucks VS #8 Los Angeles Kings

Marc: Canucks in 6 games
Rob: Kings in 6 games
Ana: Canucks in 5 games

#2 St. Louis Blues VS #7 San Jose Sharks

Marc: Blues in 6 games
Rob: Blues in 5 games
Ana: Blues in 6 games

#3 Phoenix Coyotes VS #6 Chicago Blackhawks

Marc: Blackhawks in 6 games
Rob: Blackhawks in 7 games
Ana: Blackhawks in 4 games

#4 Nashville Predators vs #5 Detroit Red Wings

Marc: Red Wings in 7 games
Rob: Predators in 6 games
Ana: Red Wings in 5 games

Aside from the Canucks/Kings and Predators/Red Wings it seems that we all agree on who is going to advance, just not in the amount of games it is going to take. There is no doubt that the Predators are all in for this playoff run with the hopes of bringing their first Stanley Cup home to Nashville, especially since they are trying to persuade both Shea Weber and Ryan Suter to stay even though their contracts are up on July 1st (Weber is a RFA and Suter is a UFA). The only issue is that they are matched up against the Detroit Red Wings in round 1, and everyone knows what usually happens to teams that play the Wings in the playoffs. The fact that Detroit knows how to win in the playoffs, no matter their age, is the reason why we are divided on our predictions for that series. If Nashville can make it out of the first round they should have no issue making it to at least the Western Conference finals.

Also we ask that everyone please cut us some slack for our picks in the Panthers/Devils series. We all truly believe that the Panthers have a good chance at making it out of the quarterfinals, and all of our readers will see why when we release or series preview in the coming days. For now though we will just say that the match-up is going to be a difficult one for the Cats, but being an underdog in the playoffs has some serious advantages.

We would love to hear our readers predictions as well. If anyone out there agrees or disagrees with us, or would like to share their picks, please post a comment below. Don’t forget that the Stanley Cup playoffs begin tonight when the Penguins host the Flyers in Pittsburgh at 7:30 PM EST on the NBC Sports Network.


About Marc Springston

Hardcore hockey fan and passionate writer born and raised in South Florida. Long time season ticket holder with the Florida Panthers.

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