We are just hours away from the first puck drop of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and what better way to pass the time than by posting our stupid opinions that you couldn't possibly have a valid reason to care about?
I polled a handful of the Up The Pucks regulars as well as some past contributors this morning. Since everyone here who has ever contributed to Up The Pucks automatically qualifies as an "expert," here are our Expert Playoff Predictions for round one:
(Yes, I put "PHY" instead of "PHX," but I don't even give a shit and I'm not going back to edit the image.)
There's a clear consensus on New York and Boston. The same could almost be said about St Louis, but Christian decided to be a badass and go out on a limb. Christian does not let simple things like horrible playoff reputations get in his way when he's making bold predictions.
I expected KW, a Florida fan, to join me in favoring the Panthers, however I was surprised to see anyone else go out on that limb. I was also surprised to see such little faith in the Flyers, I thought there would be more mixed opinions.
Nashville-Detroit and Phoenix-Chicago are the most divisive of all the matchups, I imagine because Nashville and Detroit are set up for a good 7-game fued, where as everyone just kind of threw a dart at a board to decide Phoenix and Chicago.
Remember to check back in at the start of round two to see what fucking idiots we all are!