NHL Season Preview History
2012 NHL Playoffs: Western Conference
(1) New York Rangers vs. (8) Ottawa Senators - New York wins series 4-3
(2) Boston Bruins vs. (7) Washington Capitals - Washington wins series 4-3
(3) Florida Panthers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils - New Jersey wins series 4-3
(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers - Philadelphia wins series 4-2
(1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (8) Los Angeles Kings
- LA wins series 4-1
(2) St. Louis Blues
vs. (7) San Jose Sharks - St. Louis wins series 4-1
(3) Phoenix Coyotes
vs. (6) Chicago Blackhawks - Phoenix wins series 4-2
(4) Nashville Predators
vs. (5) Detroit Red Wings - Nashville wins series 4-1
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Western Conference Semifinals
(2) St. Louis Blues vs. (8) Los Angeles Kings - Los Angeles wins series 4-0
(4) Nashville Predators vs. (3) Phoenix Coyotes - Phoenix wins series 4-1
(1) New York Rangers
vs. (7) Washington Capitals - New York wins series 4-3
(5) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils
- New Jersey wins series 4-1
Eastern Conference Finals:
(1) New York Rangers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils - New Jersey wins series 4-2.
Western Conference Finals:
(8) Los Angeles Kings vs. (3) Phoenix Coyotes - LA wins series 4 - 1.
Stanley Cup Finals:
Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils - LA wins series 4-2.
2011 NHL Playoffs Preview:
The NHL playoffs are underway, and TicketCity is looking for the keys to each series to help you enjoy them even more!
No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 New York Rangers (Rangers won season series 3-1)
The Rangers trying to stop Alexander Ovetchkin is an obvious one, but for New York to score the huge upset, they’re going to need Marian Gaborik to come to play. The Right Winger hasn’t scored in his last nine games, and the team’s success is dependent on him snapping that streak.
No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 7 Buffalo Sabres (Flyers won season series 2-1-1)
The goaltending situations are quite contrasting. On one hand, you have the Sabres’ Ryan Miller, who can singlehandedly turn the tide of any game. Other the other, you have two hands—Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher—who will try to keep the games close enough for Philly to eke out wins. If not, it could be a long series for the Flyers.
No. 3 Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Montreal Canadiens (Canadiens won season series 4-2)
Despite the seedings, this is as close a match-up as we see in this year’s NHL playoffs. The tie-breaker could be the mental health of the Bruins. After last year’s playoff collapse to the Flyers, losing the series after building a 3-0 lead, and the ugliness of the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty earlier this year, things could get ugly really fast for Boston if it doesn’t maintain its composure in this battle of Original Six teams.
No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning (Teams split season series)
Can a less-than-100% Sidney Crosby take the Penguins over the top? Pittsburgh surprised a lot of people this year by not tanking in the standings after losing two of their best players in Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. With Crosby back in the line-up, the Penguins seem poised to take it to the next level if the All-World player can get the cobwebs off in time.
No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks (Teams split season series)
Third period scoring. Even though the Canucks are the top team going in to the playoffs, boogeymen play a big role in the NHL. And for Vancouver, that specter is the Chicago Blackhawks, who’ve knocked them out of the playoffs for the past two years thanks to a 24-8 final period scoring advantage. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will get thiers for the Hawks, so it will be up to Vancouver to make sure to bring all the firepower they can (especially in the third)
No. 2 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Kings (Teams split season series)
The Kings are going to have to bring a defensive A-game to face their fellow Californians. Even though the teams split their season series, the Sharks outscored the Kings 13-4, and that was with the Kings winning twice in an OT shoot-out.
No. 3 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 6 Phoenix Coytoes (Detroit won season series 3-1)
This will be the series in which Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov either takes it to the next level, or the Coyotes go home. He’s made a name for himself, but with Johan Franzen and his incredible playoff stats coming for him, it’s going to be a tough road ahead.
No. 4 Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 5 Nashville Predators (Nashville won season series 3-1)
It’s a total battle of offense and defense when these two meet. With the high-flying Ducks, you have an offense led by MVP-candidate Corey Perry who won the Rocket Richard Trophy and looks to overpower teams singlehandedly. On the other end, the Preds have one of the best defenses in the league, thanks in part to their blue-line defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. This series will go down to who can do enough to catch the other off-guard the longest.
2009-2010 NHL Season Preview
The 2009-2010 NHL season should be an exciting one for fans of hockey. NHL fans should be treated to a bunch of talented teams and players competing to life the Lord Stanley's cup above their head at the end of the season. Some of the favorites coming into the NHL include the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, the 2009 runner-up Detroit Red Wings, the upstart Calgary Flames and solid Washington Capitals. Expect the 2009-2010 season to be one of the best in NHL history. (Note: the 2009-2010 NHL season will be put on-hold for two weeks during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.)
2010 NHL Playoffs Preview:
The intense atmosphere of the 2010 NHL playoffs is already in the air as the final game of the regular season held postseason implications for several teams. With a shootout victory over the New York Rangers, after time had expired on the 2010 season, the Philadelphia Flyers snuck into the NHL playoffs, and will stake their claim on the Stanley Cup. But a tough road lies ahead for the Flyers, as the Eastern Conference is heavily loaded with the league's top teams.
While both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals play in the same conference, many fans believe that they'll essentially be treated to two championship-caliber matchups should the powerhouses meet in the Eastern Conference finals. The bout would match up superstars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin - two of the league's three top goal scorers - in an epic rivalry that is only likely to intensify as the teams compete over the years. As Crosby has already showed his flair for heroics while playing for Canada in the Olympic finals, Ovechkin, last season's MVP, may feel like he has something to prove.
Out West, the league's top points scorer, the Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin will try to stave off the top seeded San Jose Sharks.