First-Round Playoff Preview

It's time for the playoffs! Here's a list of playoff histories involving the teams who are in.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

( 1 ) Washington Capitals vs. ( 8 ) New York Rangers
This is the sixth playoff series to feature Washington and the Rangers.
1986, Patrick Division Finals: NY Rangers win series 4-2
1990, Patrick Division Finals: Washington wins series 4-1
1991, Patrick Division Semifinals: Washington wins series 4-2
1994, Eastern Conference Semifinals: NY Rangers win series 4-1
2009, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Washington wins series 4-3
Washington has won 3 of the 5 series over the Rangers.

( 2 ) Philadelphia Flyers vs. ( 7 ) Buffalo Sabres
This is the ninth playoff series to feature Philadelphia and Buffalo.
1975, Stanley Cup Finals: Philadelphia wins series 4-2
1978, League Quarterfinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-1
1995, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-1
1997, Eastern Conference Semifinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-1
1998, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Buffalo wins series 4-1
2000, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-1
2001, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Buffalo wins series 4-2
2006, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Buffalo wins series 4-2
Philadelphia has won 5 of the 8 series over Buffalo.

( 3 ) Boston Bruins vs. ( 6 ) Montreal Canadiens
This is the 33rd playoff series to feature Boston and Montreal.
1929, League Semifinal: Boston wins series 3-0
1930, Stanley Cup Finals: Montreal wins series 2-0
1931, League Semifinal: Montreal wins series 3-2
1943, League Semifinal: Boston wins series 4-1
1946, Stanley Cup Finals: Montreal wins series 4-1
1947, League Semifinals: Montreal wins series 4-1
1952, League Semifinals: Montreal wins series 4-3
1953, Stanley Cup Finals: Montreal wins series 4-1
1954, League Semifinals: Montreal wins series 4-0
1955, League Semifinals: Montreal wins series 4-1
1957, Stanley Cup Finals: Montreal wins series 4-1
1958, Stanley Cup Finals: Montreal wins series 4-2
1968, East Division Semifinals: Montreal wins series 4-0
1969, East Division Finals: Montreal wins series 4-2
1971, East Division First Round: Montreal wins series 4-3
1977, Stanley Cup Finals: Montreal wins series 4-0
1978, Stanley Cup Finals: Montreal wins series 4-2
1979, League Semifinals: Montreal wins series 4-3
1984, Adams Division Semifinals: Montreal wins series 3-0
1985, Adams Division Semifinals: Montreal wins series 3-2
1986, Adams Division Semifinals: Montreal wins series 3-0
1987, Adams Division Semifinals: Montreal wins series 4-0
1988, Adams Division Finals: Boston wins series 4-1
1989, Adams Division Finals: Montreal wins series 4-1
1990, Adams Division Finals: Boston wins series 4-1
1991, Adams Division Finals: Boston wins series 4-3
1992, Adams Division Finals: Boston wins series 4-0
1994, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Boston wins series 4-3
2002, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Montreal wins series 4-2
2004, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Montreal wins series 4-3
2008, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Montreal wins series 4-3
2009, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Boston wins series 4-0
Montreal has won 24 of the 32 series over Boston.

( 4 ) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. ( 5 ) Tampa Bay Lightning
This is the first time the Penguins and Lightning will play each other in the postseason.

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

( 1 ) Vancouver Canucks vs. ( 8 ) Chicago Blackhawks
This is the fifth playoff series to feature Vancouver and Chicago.
1982, Campbell Conference Finals: Vancouver wins series 4-1
1995, Western Conference Semifinals: Chicago wins series 4-0 (three of the four games went to overtime)
2009, Western Conference Semifinals: Chicago wins series 4-2
2010, Western Conference Semifinals: Chicago wins series 4-2
Chicago has won all but one series over Vancouver.

( 2 ) San Jose Sharks vs. ( 7 ) Los Angeles Kings
This is the first time the Sharks and Kings will play each other in the postseason. However, before the Sharks entered the league in 1991, the Bay Area was represented by the Oakland Seals (1967-76).
1969, West Division Semifinals: Los Angeles wins series 4-3 over Oakland

( 3 ) Detroit Red Wings vs. ( 6 ) Phoenix Coyotes
This is the fourth playoff series between Phoenix and Detroit, the second for Phoenix as Phoenix. The Coyotes and Red Wings played one other time, back when the Coyotes were known as the Winnipeg Jets.
1996, Western Conference Quarterfinals: Detroit wins series 4-2
1998, Western Conference Quarterfinals: Detroit wins series 4-2
2010, Western Conference Quarterfinals: Detroit wins series 4-3
Detroit has won all three series over the Winnipeg/Phoenix, all on the road.

( 4 ) Anaheim Ducks vs. ( 5 ) Nashville Predators
This is the first time the Ducks and Predators will play each other in the postseason.

And now the picks...

Washington vs. NY Rangers: Caps in 6
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo: Flyers in 6
Boston vs. Montreal: Habs in 7
Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay: Pens in 6

Vancouver vs. Chicago: Hawks in 6
San Jose vs. Los Angeles: Sharks in 5
Detroit vs. Phoenix: Wings in 7
Anaheim vs. Nashville: Ducks in 6

Comments

Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

I like the breakdown of the playoff history. Must have taken some time. I would say that I'm skeptical on some of your picks. The Flyers pick might be the other way around. They have struggled recently, while Buffalo has been playing great. The other one is Chicago over Vancouver. While Chicago has history on their side, this is not the chicago team of last season. I dont think they can keep up with Vancouver. If they do win you will surely be one of the few who got that right!