NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: 8 Most Intriguing Matchups in 1st Round

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NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: 8 Most Intriguing Matchups in 1st Round
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Can Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers bring the Stanley Cup back to New York?

The regular season is officially over, and the 16 teams that will battle for the Stanley Cup have been determined. It's time to take a closer look at some of the intriguing first-round matchups.

The first round can surprise you with upsets, and it also is the first step for teams to come together and gel.

We'll find out really soon which teams are for real and which teams are not. Regular-season success doesn’t always translate to winning in the playoffs.

In almost every series, there's a major question mark surrounding a star's health making this year’s first round more compelling than years past.

Both conferences have interesting matchups.

Here's a list of eight matchups that are worth watching.

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