NHL Playoffs 2012: Predicting the Outcome of Each First-Round Series

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Predicting the Outcome of Each First-Round Series
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This is why we love hockey.

Not even halfway through the first round of the quarterfinal round of the 2012 NHL Playoffs and we’ve seen enough strangeness to fill an entire postseason already.

The three top favorites to win it all here in Las Vegas (Penguins 8/5, Rangers 9/2 and Canucks 5/1) have won just one time in seven games and have lost six of those games in their own rink. Nine straight road teams won during one stretch. There were seven overtimes in the first 15 games played and 32 goals scored in the first three Flyers-Penguins games with none by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. Crazy.

Sort of proves winning that coveted home-ice advantage throughout the regular season just doesn’t mean that much, doesn't it?

Anyway, here are my predictions for what will transpire in each of the eight first-round series from here on out.

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