2012 NHL Playoffs: Conference Semi-Finals Team Analysis and Predictions

May 11th, 2012 by Rob Greissinger Leave a reply »
The LA Kings shocked the hockey world when they swept the second seeded St. Louis Blues. 

The Phoenix Coyotes won their first series in Phoenix. The franchise had not won a series since they moved to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996.

Nobody expected the New Jersey Devils to be in the conference finals, but are we really surprised to see them there? They played vintage Devils hockey that was always successful—the trap.

The New York Rangers have not had an easy time as they have played the maximum number of games possible to this point. Both series that they have played in have gone to a seventh game. The wear and tear has to have been mentally wearing on the Rangers' players and coaching staff. 

The Washington Capitals have flown under the radar this year. They have not been a team that has been talked about as a contender but they should be. Despite a regular season of underachieving from Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, they can be dangerous any time they step out on the ice.

Here is a look at each team's chances. 

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