Mix’s Picks: Friday's Stanley Cup Playoffs Primer

Bob and Bill breakdown the final first round series to begin tonight

Friday, 04.13.2012 / 11:00 AM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com
The second night of the Stanley Cup playoffs saw lots of bonus hockey as three of the four games on the night went to overtime. San Jose won in double OT at St. Louis, while Phoenix and Boston used home ice to earn their victories. The only regulation win was earned by the Eastern Conference's top seed - NY Rangers. Three series resume tonight for game 2's and...

I’m back for one more prediction, Florida hosts New Jersey in game 1 of their series and the breakdown is below:

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Let’s get started with Mix’s Picks for tonight’s opening-round series:

EASTERN CONFERENCE SERIES #4
#3 FLORIDA PANTHERS VS. #6
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
WHERE: BankAtlantic Center | Sunrise, FLA
WHEN: 7:00 p.m., NHL Network (HD)

MIXER’S TAKE:: The Florida Panthers aren’t getting enough credit, if you ask me. The consensus appears to be that they don’t stand much of a chance in the playoffs, and some think their first-round matchup with the battle-tested New Jersey Devils could be a short one. But I don’t see it that way; the Panthers did not stumble into the Southeast Division title and aren’t in the playoffs on dumb luck – they’re a solid team that plays a good five-man game and can stifle opponents defensively. They come to compete every night, a characteristic of head coach Kevin Dineen throughout his long NHL career.

On the other side, the Devils are anything but a No. 6 seed. They’re loaded for bear up front with Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, rookie sensation Adam Henrique and veteran Patrik Elias all having productive seasons. Their defense is underrated and led by Anton Volchenkov, Henrik Tallinder, and a cast of non-household names. The equalizer is in goal: 40-year-old Martin Brodeur is back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus and it’s a better tournament with this guy involved.

PREDICTIONS: Devils in six games - check out Bill and Bob's selections below.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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