Puck Daddy’s 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs staff prognostications (Puck Daddy)

In which your friends at Puck Daddy attempt to pick the winners of the opening round and then the Stanley Cup.  The full schedule for the first round is here. Greg Wyshynski, Editor Penguins in 5 Senators in 6 Rangers in 7 Bruins in 6 Blackhawks in 5 Ducks in 7 San Jose in 6 St. Louis in 6 Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Rangers in 5 games. Conn Smythe: Jonathan Toews It’s not that I don’t believe in the Penguins. I do. They’re as loaded with talent as any team in the NHL. But the idea of both favorites making it out of their respective conferences … I just can’t wrap my brain around that. So if the Blackhawks emerge from the West, and I think they will, someone needs to emerge from the East other than the Pens. And I think that team is the Rangers. Why? Henrik Lundqvist in a shortened season could mean a more effective Lundqvist in the later rounds. I think Rick Nash becomes the playoff performer he was acquired to be, and that Brad Richards somehow finds that level of competition that he’s lacked all season. Add in (hopefully) Marc Staal and Derek Dorsett, and the Rangers could be that lower seed that catches fire. But they can’t beat the Blackhawks. I’m not sure anyone can. The Sens and Sharks pull first-round upsets; San Jose is a team I might have picked to come out of the West were they not the San Jose Sharks.

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