The NHL Playoffs are finally here! I’ve profiled all eight first round series’ with statistical information and some thoughts to ponder, which may have you altering your brackets. But don’t kid yourself – there are some very tight match-ups, and certain teams that appear to be locks for the second round may have you scratching your head a couple weeks from now. Good luck poolies!
(1) Boston Bruins vs. (8) Montreal Canadiens
Season series: 5-1 Bruins
Bruins last 20 games: 11-7-2
Canadiens last 20 games: 8-8-4
Which Carey Price will show up?
(2) Washington Capitals vs. (7) New York Rangers
Season series: 3-1 Capitals
Capitals last 20 games: 11-6-3
Rangers last 20 games: 12-7-1
Can Alexander Ovechkin get the Caps past the first round this year?
(3) New Jersey Devils vs. (6) Carolina Hurricanes
Season series: 3-1 Hurricanes
Devils last 20 games: 11-8-1
Hurricanes last 20 games: 14-4-2
Can the ‘Canes turn their late-season momentum into another Cup run?
(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers
Season series: 4-2 Penguins
Penguins last 20 games: 15-2-3
Flyers last 20 games: 10-9-1
Will Mike Richards be able to shutdown Crosby and Malkin?
(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (8) Anaheim Ducks
Season series: 4-2 Sharks
Sharks last 20 games: 11-7-2
Ducks last 20 games: 12-6-2
Will the Sharks finally be able to turn season success into a finals appearance?
(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (7) Columbus Blue Jackets
Season series: 3-3 tie
Red Wings last 20 games: 10-8-2
Blue Jackets last 20 games: 10-6-4
How will rookie Steve Mason handle the pressures of facing the defending champs in round one?
(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) St. Louis Blues
Season series: 2-2 tie
Canucks last 20 games: 13-5-2
Blues last 20 games: 13-5-2
(4) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (5) Calgary Flames
Season series: 4-0 Blackhawks
Blackhawks last 20 games: 10-7-3
Flames last 20 games: 9-11-0
How will the Blackhawks’ young guns match up against the Flames’ seasoned vets?