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Poll: Which of the final eight teams will win the 2012 Stanley Cup?

Apr 27, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

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We’re down to the Conference semifinal stage — or the Elite 8, to steal some college basketball parlance — of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. The story of the opening round was upsets, upsets and more upsets:

— Top overall seed Vancouver, the Presidents’ Trophy winner, lost to No. 8 Los Angeles.

— Boston, the defending Stanley Cup champion, lost to Washington.

— Pittsburgh, who finished with the fourth-most points (109) in the NHL, lost to Philadelphia.

As such, we’re left with a pretty interesting Round 2.

Western Conference

No. 2 St. Louis vs. No. 8 Los Angeles

No. 3 Phoenix vs. No. 4 Nashville

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York Rangers vs. No. 7 Washington

No. 5 Philadelphia vs. No. 6 New Jersey

  1. chasemutley - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    I’m rooting for a Flyers / Kings matchup; storyline bonanza!

    • dukh8r - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      That would be an epic match up ….Both teams can brawl, have passionate fans and finish their checks…I’m a lifelong Kings fan but damn…I love the way the the Flyers play…I’m so sick of wussified..Euro.. poseur hockey…thats why they invented soccer.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        You my friend are a true fan. The storyline alone would make this series great..richie and carter comin back to where it all started…no whining from tortorella about the refs…would be classic

    • tcclark - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Flyers east vs. Flyers west. The Flyers win either way

  2. bearsnbills - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Predators v Rangers… Preds in 4

    • tackledummy1505 - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      lol Rangers, Look I think the Rangers might move on to the second round, but they proved nothing to me in the first round. Other than that it seems that the Caps have the Rangers number and if the Caps jump on the Rangers quick, this series is over before it started. Rangers don’t have any offense to sustain a long drive in the playoffs. So here’s hoping that your goalie carries you 100+ games.

  3. jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    The flyers are going to win with that goaltending and defense? Let’s be reasonable here.

    • terriers4 - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:22 AM

      exactly what i was thinking. Maybe they can make it another round with their goalie and defense, but unless they step it up 10 notches i just dont see it happening.

    • emoser - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Got them past the stanley cup favs… and frankly it can only get better, especially with Grossman and possible Meszaros coming back

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        True….true. Be aware.

    • tcclark - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      They just played the best offense in the NHL with an injury depleted defense. Your goaltending would’ve looked terrible too.

      Who else are they gonna play with that kind of offense?

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Given how they’re calling the games this year, Philly isn’t getting past the dead puck teams.

      It’ll be Nashville. Only one of those type of teams that still has some decent skill guys.

  4. taytay099 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    My pool was destroyed.

    • barkar942 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:50 AM

      I am sure yours wasn’t the only one!

  5. sassiecassie69 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    normally, i’d say preds vs. flyers. but this playoff season has been anything but normal. none of the expected winners like nuckleheads, pens, dead wings or (my fave) blackhawks won. it was all the underdogs who ended up winning. so because of that, i’ll say kings vs. capitals.

  6. blomfeld - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:25 AM


    “So” will the papers read my friends come June, trust me … or least they should, if God is going to have anything to do with this ! At any rate, I say “bravo” to Comrade Halford for listing the Kings at the top of his excellent poll ! A “perfect storm” of opportunity is now brewing for us LA Kings to take it all ! … and therefore friends, I’m now convinced that with an “ardent and unwavering” resolve, we will carry the day !

    • nolanwiffle - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Uh….I’m pretty sure the teams were merely listed alphabetically.

  7. highlander24 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. bcisleman - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Blues vs Caps Blues in 7 w/ Jaden Schwartz getting the winner in triple OT. Mrs. O. drops the ceremonial puck in Game 3 and gives a shout out to Sarah Palin and Tim Thomas.

    • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      yes indeed, the absolute “justice” my friend in your scenario … but praise be, our LA Kings are now headed for the high ground and “nothing” is going to stop us !

  9. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Blomfeld needs a psychiatrist. Not only does he think the kings will win the cup, but his posts never make any sense and always have an irrelevant random video attached.

    • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      Let it be known that “I LOVE THE PERSON CALLED SJSHARKSFAN11” !

      Sorry friend, but as a loyal, values-driven, God-fearing supporter of the Los Angeles Kings, I’m prevented from striking back at you in kind … therefore, allow me to offer you this excellent “catchy” little number by Elvis from Fun In Acapulco back in ’62 … please enjoy and God Bless you friend :)

      • tcclark - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        enjoy your schizophrenia friend :)

    • ron05342 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      His videos usually caption Elvis, if you aren’t paying attention…

      “The King”? Get it?

      And I just noticed your nick. Go back on vacation with your team, you bitter little sharks fan…and while we are on the topic of the sharks, how come your pathetic fan base only chant “beat L.A.” when you actually have a lead on the Kings in a game? Shouldn’t you be loyal enough to do it always?

  10. barroomhero80 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    GO KINGS GO! This kings team is focused and on point. I say Kings/Caps. Kings in 6

    • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      friends … this “barroomher080” guy seriously knows what’s going on around here !

  11. cardsandbluesforever - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Blues vs Flyers, Blues in 6 games.
    St louis has OWNED every team in the east all season long.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      This post bores me.

  12. ray2013 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Both the last two Cup winners were Original 6 teams. The NYR are the last Original 6 team in the playoffs, so I have to go with them. No, I’m not a NYR fan.

    • tcclark - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      dynamite logic. Why did the other 24 teams even play this year?

      • ray2013 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        I read all of the pre-playoff predictions by experts who spend their professional careers talking hockey and following hockey, and most of the predicted favorites lost. I think my prediction makes as much sense as anything else we’ve seen.

      • tcclark - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        your prediction is like when people pick the more ferocius mascot to win

      • ray2013 - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:48 AM

        I guess I could have done a coin-flipping exercise, or had an octopus pick winners for me, but in a weird year where most of the favorites have lost in the first round, I might as well pick a winner based on an entirely arbitrary fact. Come on, a guy can’t make a ridiculous prediction?

  13. highpowered350 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM

  14. phillyphever - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    If the Rangers get pass Washington, they’ll win the cup. If not, Nashville’s gonna win the cup.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Phillyphever?? Get behind your team bro. People like you give our city a bad name. No Philadelphia fan should EVER come off as a front runner let alone MENTION new York as a possible champ. Of course I know it happens but it hasn’t yet so until the flyers are out the flyers are my pick…surprised? You shouldn’t be…they bounced the Stanley cup favorites in 6 and had a chance to sweep..

      • phillyphever - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        You might want to take off those black and orange sunglass and see that 0-6 record the Flyers had against the Rangers this year (add the last two games they face each other last year, the Rangers have won 8 games against the Flyers). Face it, unless Washington bounces them out, the Flyers have to do something they couldn’t do the last 8 matchups with the Rangers: beat Lundqvist. Is it possible: yes. Is it likely: no.

  15. ravenscaps48 - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    L.A. vs Washington. Washington in 7… Just like I said at the beginning of the year

  16. bigbadbruins1968 - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    I’m rooting for a Rangers-Blues matchup in the finals with the Rangers winning the cup because they’re the only Original Six team left. Plus, this final would pair the teams the Bruins beat for their 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cups.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      This is the stupidest logic I have ever heard…

      • taytay099 - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        I don’t think there’s anything stupid about being nostalgic.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        Touché salesman. But nostalgia doesn’t have much to do with the best teams moving on…I’m glad the flyers are still flying under the radar…they play better as the underdog anyway…HATE HATE HATE

  17. phillyphan83 - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Rangers may have owned us in the reg season but they just almost got eliminated by Ottowa, which, by the way, BARELY made the playoffs. So I’m not scared of NYR, nor would I be surprised if they didn’t make it past the Caps.

    And anyone who wants to talk sh!t on Flyers d and goaltending…no other team left has the offensive firepower of Pittsburgh so believe you me, those numbers are dropping next round. Its laughable to think NJD can score 10 on us in one game.

    • maalea - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Jersey may not score 10 goals in the series, let alone 1 game.

      All Hail, the Brez of March will return this series.

      • maalea - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        Brez 3 – 0 0 .97 GAA Vs NJD this season.

      • maalea - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        That was supposed to be .987 save%.

  18. buffalomafia - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Philly over Nashville

  19. mgp1219 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    at least blomfeld is humorous. keep it going blomfeld.

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