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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 1 picks — in five words

Apr 10, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

Because we’re on the Internet, and reading stuff on the Internet requires the attention span of a gerbil, PHT’s intrepid staff of keyboard chimps and copy drones have made their Round 1 playoff picks — with five words of analysis per pick.

Nothing less, nothing more.

We. Only. Used. Five. Words.

Western Conference

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 8 Los Angeles

Ryan Dadoun (Canucks in 5): Kings lack scoring depth necessary.

James O’Brien (Canucks in 6): Hot Canucks alleviate royal pain.

Joe Yerdon (Canucks in 6): Quick is not fast enough.

Jason Brough (Canucks in 7): More goals in soccer games.

Mike Halford (Canucks in 7): Sedins are good at hockey.

No. 2 St. Louis vs. No. 7 San Jose

Dadoun (Blues in 6): Arnott, Langenbrunner compliment young core.

O’Brien (Blues in 5): Young Blues feast on guppies.

Yerdon (Blues in 7): Sharks scare, Blues too good.

Brough (Sharks in 6): The Blues peaked too soon.

Halford (Sharks in 6): Blues were brutal down stretch.

No. 3 Phoenix vs. No. 6 Chicago

Dadoun (Coyotes in 6): Hot Smith bests inconsistent Crawford.

O’Brien (‘Hawks in 6): Star power bests bland execution.

Yerdon (‘Hawks in 6): Upset? Yeah, I suppose so.

Brough (‘Hawks in 6): Keith rested. Elbow feels great.

Halford (Coyotes in 6): You seen Crawford this season?

No. 4 Nashville vs. No. 5 Detroit

Dadoun (Preds in 7): Reloaded Predators need to win.

O’Brien (Wings in 7): Old just barely beats Rad.

Yerdon (Preds in 7): Winner drops dead next round.

Brough (Preds in 7): Preds desperate. Franchise on line.

Halford (Wings in 6): Offer Suter contract immediately after.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York vs. No. 8 Ottawa

Dadoun (Rangers in 6): Learning experience for younger Senators.

O’Brien (Rangers in 4): Senators fetch the shine box.

Yerdon (Rangers in 6): Rangers never win anything easy.

Brough (Rangers in 5): Sens overachieved. Will face reality.

Halford (Rangers in 7): With three classic Tortorella tirades.

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 7 Washington

Dadoun (Caps in 7): Ovechkin’s finally playing like Ovechkin.

O’Brien (Bruins in 5): Bears italicize the bumbling Caps.

Yerdon (Bruins in 5): Caps inconsistency fails them again.

Brough (Bruins in 5): Caps getting peeled off boards.

Halford (Bruins in 5): Nobody’s winning with Braden Holtby.

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 6 New Jersey

Dadoun (Devils in 5): Might be Brodeur’s last run.

O’Brien (Devils in 5): Dangerous Devils crush cuddly Cats.

Yerdon (Devils in 5): Token win for bad team.

Brough (Devils in 5): Panthers aren’t very good. Sorry.

Halford (Devils in 6): Florida’s the worst playoff team.

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Philadelphia

Dadoun (Pens in 7): Winner becomes Stanley Cup favorite.

O’Brien (Pens in 7): Pens wash hands of “bloodbath.”

Yerdon (Pens in 7): Crosby, Malkin, Neal too much.

Brough (Pens in 5): Maybe if Philly had Pronger.

Halford (Pens in 6): Vitale with the series-winner.

  1. emoser - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Not to put too much weight into these things, but I’m baffled at the reasons people give for why they think the Pens will dominate this series. You realize they didn’t just lose Pronger yesterday, right? That they went 4-2 against them without Pronger? That they sat Giroux, Bryzgalov, Briere, and Grossman for the last loss to the Pens?

    I think Brough is the worst offender I’ve seen in discounting them. Because they don’t have Pronger… really? You might as well say “Maybe if Philly had Lindros.”

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      But if Philly had Lindros, then we’d have Jagr!

      But if we had Jagr would you go back and get John LeClair? …. Someone get Darius Kasperitis on the phone! What’s Morozov doing these days? Can someone pull Jan Hrdina out of whatever coal mine he’s working in?!

      (You make a valid point)
      (Couldn’t resist having fun with this idea… I’m giddy about playoff hockey)

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        Why don’t you get the Shock, Schinkel, Shack line back in Pittsburg? Half the Penguin fans don’t even know who the hell I’m talking about!

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        I had to admit I had to google that one – was happy to see that they were about 15 years before I was born (sorry for dating you there).

    • Jason Brough - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Apologies for thinking your captain and future Hall-of-Famer is such a great player.

      • dcal4282 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        No Jason, it’s the fact that while Pronger is a great player, they have had to play most of the season without him, and they have adapted. The addition of Grossmann, and the play of some of our other D-Men have helped fill the void. So saying that the Pens will win just because the Flyers don’t have Pronger is an absurd statement.

    • Jason Brough - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      “Just because”? I had five words. And the postseason isn’t the regular season. Pronger is a force in the playoffs. (See: 2010) Maybe you’ll be right. I’m wrong a lot.

      • critter69 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:04 AM

        Brough wrote:
        “Maybe you’ll be right. I’m wrong a lot.”

        And even if Pitburgh wins the series, it will be in at least six games – but with three of the next five in Philadelphia, you think Pitburgh will win all three in Philly?

        And also remember, you are the one who said Pitburgh in 5 games.

  2. phillyphunk - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Flyers are 5-1 in Consol Energy Center. The 1 loss was withoiut giroux and with a backup goaltender. what mkaes you think that all of a sudden Pittsburgh is gonna turn it around and win on their own ice??

    • letangusespertplus - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      This just proves how dumb you are. Bobs was in net for the 5 wins too. Giroux was too scared to play.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      The Penguins have also won the last two playoff series in which they’ve faced the Flyers, and three of the last five. There’s one sided stats for both sides. I think what makes people think we can turn it around is that this is the healthiest/best Penguins team that they have fielded since the last cup run in 09.

      Personally it makes me a little queasy to see so many people picking my team, but its not without good reason…

      • ml3939 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        How could the Penguins have beat the Flyers in 3 of the last 5 playoff series they have met in when all time the Flyers have won 3 playoff series against the Penguins and the Penguins have only won 2 playoff series against the Flyers. Is that some kind of funky Pittsburgh math? And what do those past playoff series have to do with the current series? The Flyers only have 6 players from the 2009 series currently on their team. I guess logic still has not found it’s way to Pittsburgh.

      • tcclark - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        Wow a penguins fan that has some reason. Who knew?

        I don’t agree with you, but the playoff history is at least a decent argument. (much better than the girth of Sidney Crosby’s dong). I definitely think they have a stronger offense than in years past with Neal’s addition, but you’re still missing the defense. You won that cup with Gonchar and others playing really well (Rob Scuderi anyone?). This team just tries to out score everyone. If the games are low scoring, I think Philly wins. If they aren’t, it’s at least going to be really exciting.

      • spydey629 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        Pascal Dupuis set a career high for himself in goals and assists, and Matt Cooke scored as many goals as Jaromir Jagr.

        The Pens have no depth?? They lost 359 man-games to injury, and were the 4th best (and highest scoring) team in the NHL this year.

        Sorry. The Pens are the healthiest and deepest they’ve been since 2009.

        And remember the season series is .9 of a second from being 3-3.

        Yes, Philthadelphia will give the Pens a run for their money, but in the end they won’t be able to keep up.

        Pens in 6.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM


        My mistake – I’m afraid my memory betrayed me there (any further statistics I’ll make sure to vet before posting). No funky math or logic, just a mistake of memory.

        You’re correct that the Flyers have won 3 of 5, but I am also correct in the first part of my argument – the Pens have beaten the Flyers in the last two playoff series. But since you discounted that fact so quickly on the basis of the personnel involved, I would also point out that in that 5-1 stretch, Crosby has missed half of those games, Malkin has missed a couple of those games, etc. My point remains the same – the reason people are excited about the Pens that this is the healthiest they’ve been in sometime.


        Your point about defense is extremely valid, and it scares me a little bit. I still have Rob Scuderi making the save behind Fleury stuck in my mind from the ’09 cup run, although I would take issue with your asessment of how much of an effect an injured Gonchar had on the run. Letang and Orpik have been solid, with Martin and Michalek respectively not been carrying their weight in my opinion. I’ll be looking to see them step up this series.

      • ml3939 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        @napolean, I agree with you regarding Crosby missing from the Pens line up. That is an immeasurable addition to their line up. I am quick to attack any ignorant Pens’ fans but if a Flyers fan were to show up and blow that off, I would be just as annoyed. Recent playoff history between these two teams is pretty meaningless. The Flyers are a much different team since the last playoff match up with a much better coach. The Pens have the same core since the last time but have seen many changes as well.

        I am not a delusional Flyers’ fan. The Pens should be favored to win this series and the cup. However, they will have to get past the team that matches up best with them in the league and a team that has a legitimate chance to beat them. If Briere is truely healthy, they can role out 4 lines all series. This is not to say Briere is a Crosby or Malkin but it keeps Jody Shelley or Harry Z out of the line up and does not limit them to 3 lines.

        And the Flyers are the one team that seems to take the Pens out of their game. The Penguins seem to get caught up in the physical play and take penalties against the Flyers that they don’t against other teams.

        This should not be a 1st round match up. It is a joke that the Panthers are the 3 seed. The NHL needs to reassess this rule either through realignment or common sense.

  3. letangusespertplus - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Soup Can Army (Pens in 4): Breakin’ necks and cashin’ checks.

  4. GenoPringles - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Soupcan Army in 5, too much depth+filthy has no goaltending

    • tcclark - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      1. No one on the Penguins even knows what the “Soupcan Army” is
      2. Pittsburgh has more stars, Flyers have more Depth
      3. our back-up goalie has beaten you 3 times this year and Bryz and Fleury’s numbers are very similar even with Bryz playing like crap for most of the year.
      Fleury – 2.36, .913, 4 sho
      Bryz – 2.48, .909, 6 sho
      4. As i’ve told you before, Pittsburgh is a $hitthole

      • ml3939 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        genopringles, your dad said if you aren’t going to school today because of your tummy ache to stay off the computer.

      • sportsinhd - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

        Why are so many Flyers getting their panties into a bunch because of some meaningless predictions? Calm down.

    • ml3939 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      @sportsinhd not sure why you are posting under me. I am Flyers fan stating the Pens should be favored.

  5. philsosexy - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Its ridiculous how biased all these guys are towards the pens. The only thing I agree with in the Flyers pens series is that the winner will be the favorite for the cup. Flyers are built for the playoffs and have overcome more adversity then any other team. It will be a 7 game series, i’m not sure who will win, but it will be the best series all playoffs

    • homelanddefense - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Im just not sure a team can play 3 ridiculous physical series in the eastern conference and still have the gas to win the cup. The winner of this series will most likely have to play Boston and NYR. So if Phi is would be Pitt, Bos, NY. Or Pitt would play PHI, Bos, NY.

      I have a hard time believing a team that played that tough a road would win the cup against whoever comes from the West.

      In contrast the Rangers road might be Ottawa, NJ, and Bos/Phi or Pitt. Much easier.

  6. philly4lyfe - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    I think the devils and rangers will meet in round 2 and will also be a really good series.

  7. rainyday56 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I see that my home boys Jason and Mike have been reading my comments and have both chosen the Sharks over the Blues in 6 games or less. I would’ve said great minds think alike, but I know myself too well. 😉

  8. jumbossportsblog - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • emoser - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Why would I click on your link to read an article that I just finished reading on this site? Get a life and write your own content.

  9. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Haha what’s the beauty of predictions? They mean absolutely nothing. Anyone can predict any outcome. That’s why they are meaningless.

  10. philly4lyfe - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    I don’t think there is such a thing as an easy series in the NHL playoffs, but that’s just me.

    • govtminion - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      If there is such a thing, the Devils might be looking at it.

      (Now watch the Panthers beat them somehow just to spite my prediction.)

  11. rob1986s - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I’m pulling for the Canucks but LA seems scary. This could go 7 games.

    Kings will no doubt use Willie Mitchell to shut down the Sedin’s & Burrows but do they have the depth to stop Kesler’s line? And Higgins’ line?

  12. hibackhand - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    y’all breakin’ five word rule.

  13. comeonnowguys - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Playoff hockey is awesome.


  14. philly4lyfe - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Go flyers, purple monkey dishwasher.

  15. wheresdapuck - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Holtby is a lot better goaltender than you think for the Caps! The guy has proven himself in the AHL and in the few games he has played in the NHL. His time to shine…

    Now, the Cap’s Defense…that is another story. They have to move their feat and not allow ANY turnovers.

  16. back2backbees - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    slow day at the office?

  17. critter69 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    O’Brien, Yerdon, Brough, Halford?

    Still think Boston will win in five?

    [Especially Halford] Still think Holtby will not be able to win?

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