Preview of the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff’s Third Round

There are two franchises that are making their first appearances in the Third Round of the Ultimate NHL Playoff. That would be the Arizona Coyotes, in the tournament as Phoenix, obvi, and the Hartford Whalers. The 30th-seeded ’85-’86 Whalers will be getting right into it as they play in the first series of the Third Round, against the 19th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Meanwhile, the ’11-’12 Coyotes will play towards the middle of the round against the 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings. The Kings franchise is making their second straight appearance in the Third Round after being eliminated earlier than that in the inaugural tournament three years ago. The same could be said for the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and the Washington Capitals. Two franchises are making their returns to the Third Round after missing out on it last year in the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators.

There are six franchises that have now reached the Third Round in all three UNP tournaments now, which include the Buffalo Sabres, the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars, the Edmonton Oilers, the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers. The Stars, by the way, have been eliminated in the Third Round of both previous tournaments and most likely will be getting eliminated here again as they face the top-seeded ’76-’77 Canadiens. This is the second straight tournament where upstate New York takes on Manhattan as the 7th-seeded ’71-’72 Rangers play the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres, with last year going to Buffalo. There are also a couple of matchups that feature modern day division rivals as the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Oilers face the 22nd-seeded ’09-’10 Canucks and the 15th-seeded ’95-’96 Avalanche face the 31st-seeded ’06-’07 Predators.

Here is a full list of the Third Round matchups, listed in order that they will take place:

  • (#19) ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim vs. (#30) ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers
  • (#5) ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks vs. (#12) ’84-’85 Philadelphia Flyers
  • (#7) ’71-’72 New York Rangers vs. (#23) ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres
  • (#13) ’74-’75 Log Angeles Kings vs. (#29) ’11-’12 Phoenix Coyotes
  • (#1) ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens vs. (#16) ’02-’03 Dallas Stars
  • (#6) ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers vs. (#22) ’09-’10 Vancouver Canucks
  • (#24) ’84-’85 Washington Capitals vs. (#25) ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks
  • (#15) ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche vs. (#31) ’06-’07 Nashville Predators

So, up next, to start the Third Round of the UNP, the 19th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the 30th-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers meet each other for the first time in UNP play!

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