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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s conference finals picks — in five words

Scottie Upshall

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 24: Scottie Upshall #19 of the Florida Panthers warms up against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 24, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The “five words” gimmick didn’t fare any better in Round 2 -- O’Brien was the only guy to get more than one pick right -- but we here at PHT are nothing if not ridiculously stubborn.

With that in mind, here are our staff picks for the Eastern and Western Conference finals...using only five words.


Western Conference

No. 3 Phoenix vs. No. 8 Los Angeles

Ryan Dadoun (Kings in 7): Kings have clicked in playoffs.

James O’Brien (Kings in 6): Kings are rich man’s Coyotes.

Joe Yerdon (Kings in 6): The ‘Yotes aren’t Quick enough.

Jason Brough (Coyotes in 7): Unbelievable if this actually happens.

Mike Halford (Kings in 6): Phoenix won’t solve Jonathan Quick.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York vs. No. 6 New Jersey

Dadoun (Rangers in 6): King Henrik trumps aging Brodeur.

O’Brien (Rangers in 6): Rangers barely best hot Devils.

Yerdon (Rangers in 7): The King shall reign all.

Brough (Devils in 6): Rangers must be absolutely exhausted.

Halford (Rangers in 7): Just like first two rounds.

Round 1 results:

Dadoun 6-for-8
O’Brien 3-for-8
Yerdon 4-for-8
Brough 3-for-8

Round 2 results

Dadoun 1-for-4
O’Brien 2-for-4
Yerdon 1-for-4
Brough 1-for-4
Halford 1-for-4