NHL Playoffs 2012: Surefire First-Round Predictions

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Surefire First-Round Predictions
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The 2012 NHL playoffs are underway. Sixteen teams fighting for the chance to fight for Lord Stanley.

It might be a day late, but I'm going to give you my predictions on who will make it out of the first round. There are some intriguing matchups in both conferences. From first glance, the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series is going to be one of the most exciting in the past few seasons. The No. 3 vs. No. 6 battles in both conferences have the better teams in the lower seeding.

By the time it's all over, eight teams will remain. Who they will be is something I will try to predict.

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