Puck Prospectus: Playoff breakdown

The Caps are the favorites for the Stanley Cup, but they too have a weakness. Geoff Burke/US Presswire

Want a fast way to handicap the NHL playoff field? We've got you covered. Through the use of Puck Prospectus' GVT metric, we're able to evaluate all the playoff teams against one another across a wide spectrum of key categories.

The attached table allows you to see at a glance how the 16 playoff teams match up against each other as we enter the first round Wednesday. Simply put, the higher the number in each category, the more proficient that team is in that area of the game. Negative numbers signal big deficiencies.

Yesterday we examined upset potential in the East and West. Today we're taking a look at the cream of the crop. Put everything together and you can see our favorite teams to win the 2010 Stanley Cup.