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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s conference finals picks — in five words

May 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 24: Scottie Upshall #19 of the Florida Panthers warms up against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 24, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The “five words” gimmick didn’t fare any better in Round 2 — O’Brien was the only guy to get more than one pick right — but we here at PHT are nothing if not ridiculously stubborn.

With that in mind, here are our staff picks for the Eastern and Western Conference finals…using only five words.


Western Conference

No. 3 Phoenix vs. No. 8 Los Angeles

Ryan Dadoun (Kings in 7): Kings have clicked in playoffs.

James O’Brien (Kings in 6): Kings are rich man’s Coyotes.

Joe Yerdon (Kings in 6): The ‘Yotes aren’t Quick enough.

Jason Brough (Coyotes in 7): Unbelievable if this actually happens.

Mike Halford (Kings in 6): Phoenix won’t solve Jonathan Quick.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York vs. No. 6 New Jersey

Dadoun (Rangers in 6): King Henrik trumps aging Brodeur.

O’Brien (Rangers in 6): Rangers barely best hot Devils.

Yerdon (Rangers in 7): The King shall reign all.

Brough (Devils in 6): Rangers must be absolutely exhausted.

Halford (Rangers in 7): Just like first two rounds.

Round 1 results:

Dadoun 6-for-8
O’Brien 3-for-8
Yerdon 4-for-8
Brough 3-for-8

Round 2 results

Dadoun 1-for-4
O’Brien 2-for-4
Yerdon 1-for-4
Brough 1-for-4
Halford 1-for-4

  1. stakex - May 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Its funny looking back at your predictions last rounds… especially the Flyers/Devils series. What actually made perfect sense back then, seems ridiculous now.

  2. vindicatus - May 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Flyers in 5

  3. broadstbully - May 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    These playoffs have almost been too ridiculous to even make picks. But a Rangers-Kings series sounds likely. Then again, so do the other three potential matchups. May the best team be the most recent to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup.

  4. sledgehorn - May 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Jason Brough is such a rebel.

  5. caps247 - May 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Haha, is it me or does Jason Brough pick all the underdogs? I remember him being the only person on NBC rooting for the Caps when they played the Bruins.

    God I love that guy.

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