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2013 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round Results

Boston nearly gave away a 3-1 series lead, but erased a three-goal deficit to pick up a huge win. (iStockPhoto)

What a first round. The only team to sweep an opponent was a #6 seed. The Bruins undertook a comeback for the ages. Pittsburgh was given a run for their money by the Islanders. All of that produced a variety of levels of success for our panel.

The Penguins, Blackhawks and Bruins were all solid choices, and the Sharks weren’t far behind. The rest of the field, difficult to pick, produced mixed results. The length of each series was also hard to choose, further widening the scoring gap between our experts.

So be sure to check the results below to see who’s in the lead, and come back Thursday for the next round’s picks.

Name Brian John KC Nick Taylor
Penguins vs
Islanders
Winner Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins
Series
Length
6 -4- -4- 5 5
Canadiens vs
Senators
Winner Senators Canadiens Canadiens Senators Canadiens
Series
Length
7 6 5 6 6
Capitals vs
Rangers
Winner Rangers Capitals Capitals Capitals Rangers
Series
Length
5 5 6 7 7
Bruins vs
Maple Leafs
Winner Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins
Series
Length
6 5 7 5 6
Blackhawks vs
Wild
Winner Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks
Series
Length
5 -4- 5 -4- 5
Ducks vs
Red Wings
Winner Red Wings Ducks Red Wings Ducks Ducks
Series
Length
5 5 6 6 7
Canucks vs
Sharks
Winner Sharks Sharks Sharks Sharks Canucks
Series
Length
6 6 6 7 5
Blues vs
Kings
Winner Kings Blues Kings Kings Blues
Series
Length
6 7 7 7 7
Total Points 19 8 15 13 11

Table Legend

  • Two-point picks are boldfaced.
  • One-point picks are italicized.
  • Zero-point picks are crossed out.

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