NHL Playoffs 2012: Power Ranking the Remaining Contenders

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Power Ranking the Remaining Contenders
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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was very exciting and full of upsets. In the first round, favorites like the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks were all eliminated.

There were multiple high seed upsets as the No.8 Los Angeles Kings and No.7 Washington Capitals played the role of spoiler and moved on to the next round. There was tons of overtime hockey and exciting action. Now, the field has been cut in half and only eight teams remain in the hunt. 

With the Semifinal contests ready, lets take a look at the top remaining contenders. Each contender will be ranked based on their chance to win the Stanley Cup, their overall seed and other factors like scoring and goaltending. 

This list also factored in head to head meetings in the event a team will meet in a conference final, second round matchup etc. Some teams are higher for that reason. 

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