I think from what I saw in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, that out of the teams that won and are moving on to the 2nd round, my favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers.
Out of all the team’s moving on, I chose Phillie as the team that will win the Cup because, first of all, The Flyers have the best player through the first round in Claude Giroux. Giroux registered 6 goals and 8 assists to reach a point total of 14 points in the 6 games they played versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins goaltending at the beginning of the series was not very good. But you could say the Flyers goaltending was worse. In game 4, both Flyers goaltenders, Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovski, let in a total of 10 goals in a 10-3 loss to the Penguins.
But I think that in game 6, Bryzgalov elevated his game and started playing good, only letting in 1 goal. So I think that goaltending will not be much of a problem for the Flyers. Also I think that the team they are facing, the New Jersey Devils, is not at the same level as the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers also have a lot of firepower for scoring goals other than Giroux, with snipers like Daniel Briere, Wayne Simmonds, Jaromir Jagr, etc. I am predicting this series to go to 6 games again with a win from the Flyers and I am expecting to see the Flyers at the very least in the Stanley Cup finals.