Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 4/10/12

#1 New York Rangers vs #8 Ottawa Senators:

The Rangers have been the NHL’s best team for the majority of the year and look to keep up that effort in the playoffs. The Rangers have a good combinations of veterans and young stars, along with one of the premier goalies in the NHL, Henrik Lundqvist. Ottawa on the other hand snuck into the playoffs on the last few days of the regular season, jumping ahead of the Buffalo Sabres. Expect the experienced Rangers to handle this series with ease and beat the Senators in five.

#2 Boston Bruins vs #7 Washington Capitals:
Boston enters this post season as defending Stanley Cup Champs, and they have a good chance of repeating. The Bruins have a vicious defense led by their captain, 6’9 Zdeno Chara, and the best American goalie in the league, Tim Thomas. The high-powered Capitals will challenge the Bruins’ defense, and the matchup between Alexander Ovechkin and Zdeno Chara is one no fans will want to miss. Alexander the Great scored an impressive 38 goals, and teammates Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom are more than capable of lighting the lamp as well. However, expect the Chara and the Bruins to shut down the Capitals and win the series in six.

#3 Florida Panthers vs #6 New Jersey Devils:

Due to the fact that the Panthers won their lackluster division, they enter this series as the three seed despite having eight less points in the standings than the Devils. The Panthers started the season hot, but finished the season horrifically, going 2-8 in their last ten. This performance almost cost the Panthers a playoff spot, but luckily for them no other team capitalized on their poor play. The Devils on the other hand have had a very solid season, but have been overshadowed because they play in the same division as the Rangers, Penguins, and Flyers. Look for veterans Martin Brodeur, Patrik Elias, and Ilya Kovalchuk to lead the Devils to victory in a six game series.

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #5 Philadelphia Flyers:

This is definitely the most intriguing matchup in the first round, as both teams could very well be the number one seed. Despite both of these teams having more points than #2 Boston, they were forced into the 4 and 5 slots because divisional winners must occupy the one through three seeds. The Penguins are led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who are arguably the two best players in the NHL. Role players James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, and Jordan Staal all scored over 25 goals, demonstrating the explosiveness of the Pittsburgh offense. However, the Flyers have had the Penguins number this year, winning four of the six matchups with their in state rival. If you’re looking for an action packed, extremely violent, and high scoring series be sure to watch this one. At the end of it all, look for the Penguins to win this series in seven.

-Langer

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Love responds to Draymond Green’s ‘annihilation’ trash talk

Spike Lee deletes Instagram post saying Kaepernick signed with Seattle

Errol Spence is the real deal, takes down Kell Brook

Indians reveal Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field

Report: Jerry West considered rejoining the Lakers before they hired Magic Johnson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

The NHL is thinking about hosting an outdoor game in Nashville

Michael Vick in talks to retire with Falcons

Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning passes away at 85

Roger Goodell to speak at Rams event, tickets start at $550

Ohio State hails itself as the ‘fastest team in college football’

Get a look at Shia LeBeouf as John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe movie trailer

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker