Eight teams remain in the hunt for the Cup but not the eight teams many expected to advance. Besides both number one seeds and the #4 Bruins no top seeded teams advanced to the conference semifinals. With the Conference Finals on the horizon there's no telling where the Stanley Cup will end up in 2013. NHL Playoff Tickets
Though the first round was full of upsets across the board there was no surprise as the #1 Penguins and #1 Blackhawks maneuvered their way into the second round. Outside of the Bruins it was the year of the lower seed as the number 2 and 3 seeds in both conferences were eliminated.
After multiple game sevens in round one the Redwings will start their round 2 series in Chicago while the Rangers make the short trip to Boston where the Bruins await. San Jose is well rested for the Kings after sweeping the Canucks and the Penguins will have the #7 Senators after their triumph over Montreal. Get ready for even more excitement as the second round of the NHL Playoffs hits the ice!
The New York Rangers clawed their way to the top of the Eastern Conferences stacked Atlantic Division and took home the #6 seed landing them a spot with the Washington Capitals in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. With a slew of talent sitting atop the West bracket, they'll need Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Co. to play on another level to survive in this year's playoffs.
The Chicago Blackhawks made history and hockey fans around the country have taken notice! Finishing the season with only 7 loss' has Chicago on top of the NHL with the best record and looking to stroll into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Western Conferences #1 seed.