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2012 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate its Stanley Cup victory in June 2010.

I’ll stick with my preseason prediction of the Penguins taking home the Stanley Cup, but I don’t think I still see the Kings becoming Western Conference champs. As always, the NHL playoffs should be scintillating. I’m especially excited for the Penguins/Flyers and Red Wings/Predators first round match-ups. Here are my picks:

Eastern Conference

FIRST ROUND

Rangers over Senators in 7

Bruins over Capitals in 5

Devils over Panthers in 6

Penguins over Flyers in 6

SEMIFINALS

Rangers over Devils in 7

Penguins over Bruins in 7

FINALS

Penguins over Rangers in 6

Western Conference

FIRST ROUND

Canucks over Kings in 6

Blues over Sharks in 6

Blackhawks over Coyotes in 7

Predators over Red Wings in 7

SEMIFINALS

Canucks over Blackhawks in 7

Predators over Blues in 6

FINALS

Predators over Canucks in 7

Stanley Cup Final

Penguins over Predators in 6

Conn Smythe: Sidney Crosby

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2011-2012 NHL Predictions

It’s time for another round of sports predictions. This time it’s the NHL. I’ve grown to love hockey over the last couple of years thanks to having season tickets for the Badgers and the success of my hometown Chicago Blackhawks. However, I still know less about the NHL than I do about any other of the major U.S. sports, so these will probably be more wrong than my usual predictions…

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ATLANTIC

1 Pittsburgh Penguins

2 Philadelphia Flyers

3 New York Rangers

4 New Jersey Devils

5 New York Islanders

NORTHEAST

1 Boston Bruins

2 Buffalo Sabres

3 Montreal Canadiens

4 Toronto Maple Leafs

5 Ottawa Senators

SOUTHEAST

1 Washington Capitals

2 Tampa Bay Lightning

3 Carolina Hurricanes

4 Winnipeg Jets

5 Florida Panthers

WESTERN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL

1 Chicago Blackhawks

2 Detroit Red Wings

3 Nashville Predators

4 St. Louis Blues

5 Columbus Blue Jackets

NORTHWEST

1 Vancouver Canucks

2 Minnesota Wild

3 Calgary Flames

4 Colorado Avalanche

5 Edmonton Oilers

PACIFIC

1 Los Angeles Kings

2 San Jose Sharks

3 Anaheim Ducks

4 Phoenix Coyotes

5 Dallas Stars

Playoff teams in italics

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Penguins over Kings

AWARDS

HART TROPHY: Jonathan Toews, CHI

VEZINA TROPHY:Henrik Lundqvist, NYR

NORRIS TROPHY: Shea Weber, NSH

SELKE TROPHY: Pavel Datsyuk, DET

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