Categories: Hockey (NHL), 2011-12 NHL Predictions, 2012-13 NHL Predictions, 2013-14 NHL Predictions, Playoffs


2012 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

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Time flies! NHL Playoffs begin Wednesday night. Can the Boston Bruins become the first team to win back to back Stanley Cups since Detroit pulled it off in 1997-98?

Defending champion Boston had an up and down season on their way to winning the Northeast. NHL's top point getters Vancouver (111) hopes to take home the Cup after losing to Boston last season. Never count out New Jersey Devils - winners of six games in a row to close out the regular season.

Let's take a look into our crystal ball to predict who will win it all.

Series A: (1) New York Rangers over (8) Ottawa Senators 4 games to 1.
Series B: (2) Boston Bruins over (7) Washington Capitals 4 games to 3.
Series C: (3) New Jersey Devils over (6) Florida Panthers 4 games to 2.
Series D: (4) Pittsburgh Penguins over (5) Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 0.

(4) Pittsburgh over (1) New York 4 games to 2.
(3) New Jersey over (2) Boston 4 games to 3.

(4) Pittsburgh over (3) New Jersey 4 games to 1.

Series E: (1) Vancouver Canucks over (8) Los Angeles Kings 4 games to 0.
Series F: (2) San Jose Sharks over (7) St. Louis Blues 4 games to 1.
Series G: (6) Phoenix Coyotes over (3) Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 2.
Series H: (4) Detroit Red Wings over (5) Nashville Predators 4 games to 2.

(1) Vancouver over (6) Phoenix 4 games to 2.
(4) Detroit over (2) San Jose 4 games to 2.

(1) Vancouver over (4) Detroit 4 games to 3.

Vancouver Canucks over Pittsburgh Penguins 4 games to 2.


New Yorker's Dare to Dream

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The first champions in 2012 are the NFL's New York Giants. Dare to dream? How about this little fact. New York teams all on fire or set to excel. Is it possible New York sports teams will bring home the perfecta? NFL-NHL-NBA-MLB titles all in the same year. Don't laugh it off too quickly...

New York Rangers (37-14-5) on pace to shatter franchise best record. They're feeling extremely confident after knocking off defending champion Bruins earlier this week. Overall team health is good too. This team is hungry. Only Boston stands in their way of winning the Eastern Conference in playoff hockey.

New York Knicks newest sensation - "Linderalla Man" (Jeremy Lin) - is quickly turning non-believers into playoff fever fans. Knicks fans are starving for playoff basketball. Knicks players starving for respect. There's only one way to get both - just win baby! Recent winning streak fueled by Lin kicked off a Big Apple media blitz. Knickerbockers stars out of action when streak began soon to return to active duty. Everything suddenly blooming in Madison Square Garden.

Baseball's winter months were kind to a retooled New York Yankees club sporting a greatly improved pitching staff. Newest starter Michael Pineda brings a strong arm to the Bronx Zoo. Throw in CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and Ian Nova = healthy spring training battles and plenty of rotation depth for the first time in years. Aging lineup is ready for another run at World Series glory after getting bounced by Texas last season.

Add it all up and New York fans are having a great beginning to 2012. Dare to dream? Believers already getting caught up in New York fever!