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Apr112012

Logo Cup Playoffs

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs kicking off today I thought I might try and pick the Stanley Cup Playoff series.

But being that I'm all about logos and uniforms, I thought I'd make my picks in a bit of a unique way: The team with the best logo moves on.

Without further adieu, here are my picks in the 2012 Logo Cup Playoffs:

The West

1 Vancouver Canucks vs 8 Los Angeles Kings

This series isn't really close. The Canucks have a great logo and the Kings have a below average logo. While the Kings' logo isn't awful on it's own, compared to a great logo, it just doesn't have enough to overcome its flaws.

Vancouver in 5

 

4 Nashville Predators vs 5 Detroit Redwings

This is a case of another giant taking on a mere mortal.

The Redwings' logo is one of the best in all of sports, and while Nashville's logo isn't bad, Detroit's is far superior.

Redwings in 5

 

3 Phoenix Coyotes vs 6 Chicago Blackhawks

So far all of the West's series have been one sided.

This series continues the trend.

Blackhawks in 5

 

 

2 St. Louis Blues vs 7 San Jose Sharks

Finally a match up worth watching. Both are average logos, but the Sharks' logo is just a little bit better.

This series is closer than the first few, but still a pretty decisive victory.

Sharks in 6

 

1 Vancouver Canucks vs 7 San Jose Sharks

This is the first real battle and boy is it a good one.

The Sharks have great colors and an awesome logo fit for a hockey jersey, but the Canucks have a Haida art-inspired orca that doubles as a 'C'.

Canucks in 7

 

5 Detroit Redwings vs 6 Chicago Blackhawks

If they were in different conferences, this could easily be the Stanley Cup Finals match up.

But fortunately, they aren't (and we get to watch these two great logos play at least 6 times a season).

This is so close it's ridiculous.

Blackhawks in 7 and like six overtime periods

 

1 Vancouver Canucks vs 6 Chicago Blackhawks

The Canucks' logo is good. The Indiana Head is legendary.

Sorry LeBrongo. Be careful leaving the stadium.

Blackhawks win the West in 5

 

 

The East 

1 New York Rangers vs 8 Ottawa Senators

The Rangers have tradition, the Senators have... high fastening pants.

Rangers in 5

 

 

4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs 5 Philadelphia Flyers

If the Penguins still used yellow instead of gold, this would be over in about five or six.

As is, the logos are both pretty great and pretty close.

Pittsburgh in 7

 

3 Florida Panthers vs 6 New Jersey Devils

I like both of these logos.

The Panthers' is so complex, it really can only work as a hockey crest. The Devils' is so simple, it's elegant.

It's close but an easy choice.

Devils in 6

 

2 Boston Bruins vs 7 Washington Capitals

Against a quality opponent like the Bruins' logo, the Caps' just doesn't stand a chance.

Bruins in 5

 

 

1 New York Rangers vs 6 New Jersey Devils

The battle of the Hudson.

Again, both teams have quality logos, but one is just better.

Devs in 6

 

 

2 Boston Bruins vs 4 Pittsburgh Penguins

Again, this would be a different story if the Pens had yellow and not gold.

Since they don't, my decision is harder, and not in Pittsburgh's favor.

Bruins in 7

 

2 Boston Bruins vs 6 New Jersey Devils

Both logos have great history but the Bruins has the type of history and pedigree that breeds championships.

Bruins win the West in 5

 

 

The Finals 

Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks

Home ice advantage won't be enough to overcome the Indian Head.

Blackhawks in 6

 

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