NHL Playoffs 2012: Re-Evaluating Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 20, 2012

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 19:  Andy McDonald #10 is congratulated by Kevin Shattenkirk #22 and David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues after McDonald scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the third period to give them a 2-0 in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 19, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Everyone has their own set of expectations headed into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but there has been some moving and shaking in the first round.

Question of the round: What has happened to the Vancouver Canucks?

With favorites like the Canucks hurting, here are my updated odds on who will win the Stanley Cup.

16. San Jose Sharks

The Sharks had some hope heading into their clash with St. Louis after finishing the season strong, but they find themselves down 3-1 in the series after winning the first game. The Blues will likely close things out on Saturday at home. 

15. Chicago Blackhawks

Phoenix was red-hot coming into this series, and it's proven to be bad news for the Blackhawks. The Coyotes hold a convincing 3-1 series lead and it's hard to imagine Chicago winning three straight.

14. Pittsburgh Penguins

The first three games against Philadelphia were highly disappointing. Then, the Penguins exploded for 10 goals on Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Penguins have a shot at making a comeback, given they have two home games on the slate. 

13. Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings got embarrassed at home by Nashville and likely won't make it past the first round. Then again, nobody wants to face the Predators this postseason.

12. Vancouver Canucks

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 19:  Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his powerplay goal at 8:32 of the third period against the Florida Panthers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pru
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The mighty Canucks have fallen at the hands of Los Angeles, and they may never be saved. A 3-1 victory on Wednesday was encouraging, but the Kings have looked like the better team in the series. 

11. Florida Panthers

The Panthers, despite being the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, weren't given much hope against a surging New Jersey team, but they've actually battled the Devils to a 2-2 series tie. Nonetheless, I see the Panthers losing in seven games.

10. Ottawa Senators

As the No. 8 seed in the East, the Senators have put forth an admirable effort thus far, capped off by the exhilarating 3-2 overtime victory over the Rangers on Wednesday. Nonetheless, New York is the better team and will win two of the next three games to take the series in seven.

9. Washington Capitals

For being the No. 7 seed, the Capitals sure have brought it against Boston. Locked in a 2-2 series tie, Washington took one in Boston in Game 2, then won on Thursday. Nonetheless, Boston's home-ice advantage will ultimately doom the Capitals.

8. New Jersey Devils

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18:  Jakub Voracek #93 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores a powerplay goal at 15:52 of the first period agaisnt the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs a
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The red-hot Devils were largely expected to "upset" Florida in the first round. They've played well, but they haven't been as dominant overall against the Panthers as you would expect. Perhaps the 4-0 shutout on Thursday will get the puck moving. 

7. Boston Bruins

The Bruins should win their first-round matchup, but the back-and-forth battle against the Capitals is concerning. Boston had 102 points this season—Washington had 92. Something's wrong with the Bruins.

6. Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes have backed up their surge to end the regular season with solid play against the Blackhawks, winning three overtime games in the series. Phoenix is battling tremendously toward the end of the series.

5. Los Angeles Kings

For being the No. 8 seed in the West, the Kings have exploded in the playoffs, stunning Vancouver with a 3-1 series lead. The Canucks still have a shot of winning three straight games to capture the series, but I'm not liking what I'm seeing; they've come out without fire.

4. Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers figured to have a battle on their hands against Pittsburgh. The 10 goals by the Penguins on Wednesday were alarming, but Philadelphia has been more consistent and will win at home if they don't win in Pittsburgh on Friday.

3. New York Rangers

The Rangers are undoubtedly one of the elite teams in the NHL, but what has happened against the Senators? The Rangers have gotten outworked and outplayed in the two overtime games, and that doesn't bode well moving forward.

2. St. Louis Blues

It's not exactly shocking that the Blues are making quick work of San Jose. However, they haven't been as dominant in the early goings as I would like.

1. Nashville Predators

Against a tough opponent in Detroit, the Predators have gotten off to a fast start, winning three of the first four games of the series. They won both games in Detroit, showing their savvy, and have looked really good lately.

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