Well, here we go. The first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Choose a team, get ready...it's hockey like nobody's business. Here are my thoughts / hopes on the match ups....
Ottawa VS NYR:
Go Sens Go! I want the Sens to go far, and do well, but let's face it - they inched their way in. I predict the Rangers will advance, though I want Ottawa to.
Washington Capital vs Boston Bruins:
"Go, go, black and gold!!!" The Bruins are my team of choice (after the Sens) for the Eastern Conference, and the playoffs as a whole.
New Jersey Devils VS Florida Panthers:
Philadelphia Flyers VS Pittsburg Penguins
oooh a tough one. I like the Flyers more, but the Pens have been really strong this season..with or without Crosby. The Pens will advance. But...it'll be tight.
I think that the final two teams in the east will be New York Rangers & Boston Bruins
San Jose Sharks VS St Louis Blues:
LA Kings vs Vancouver Cannucks
Chicago Blackhawks vs Phoenix Coyotes:
Chicago, but I'm mostly neutral here.
Detroit Red Wings vs Nashville Predators
I predict the final two teams in the west will be San Jose Sharks & Detroit Red Wings.
In short? My playoff team of choice is....
The Boston Bruins! I'd also like to see the Rangers & Detroit do well. I'm betting the final will be between Boston & Detroit. Or possibly even Vancouver vs Boston, or Vancouver vs Detroit. I'm assuming Ottawa won't make it past first round..let's hope they'll prove me wrong.