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2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round

Pittsburgh is a popular favorite to win the Cup, but first they'll have to fistfight their way past old nemesis Philadelphia. (http://www.penguin-pictures.net)

The playoffs are here at last, and it’s time to see if the Bruins have what it takes to repeat in a year with several strong rivals. And for the occasion, we here at Sports of Boston have brought you a panel of our experts to give their thoughts on how everything will turn out. To keep track of how everyone is doing, the following metric will be used:

  • Correctly picking a series winner is worth two points.
  • Correctly guessing how many games a series will last is worth one point.

In the first round, there’s a decent amount of agreement, with four series having unanimous winners and two others having just one dissenting vote. While no series was picked to have a unanimous length, you will find a fair amount of agreement in some series. Especially with winners pick so much in agreement, each pick against the grain in the earliest round (with a whopping eight series) can make or break a pick set.

So with that in mind, check below to see everyone’s first round picks, and check back after the first round concludes for updated results.

Name Brendan Erikk John Josh KC
Rangers vs
Senators
Winner Rangers Rangers Rangers Rangers Rangers
Series
Length
5 7 4 5 5
Bruins vs
Capitals
Winner Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins
Series
Length
7 6 7 6 5
Panthers vs
Devils
Winner Devils Devils Devils Panthers Devils
Series
Length
6 5 6 6 6
Penguins vs
Flyers
Winner Penguins Penguins Penguins Flyers Penguins
Series
Length
6 7 6 7 4
Canucks vs
Kings
Winner Canucks Canucks Canucks Canucks Canucks
Series
Length
6 7 5 4 5
Blues vs
Sharks
Winner Sharks Blues Blues Sharks Blues
Series
Length
7 6 6 6 7
Coyotes vs
Blackhawks
Winner Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks
Series
Length
7 6 6 6 6
Predators vs
Red Wings
Winner Predators Predators Red Wings Red Wings Red Wings
Series
Length
7 5 6 7 7

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