As the NHL 13 cover voting moved to a bracket, head-to-head style tournament the match-ups have become very intriguing. The favorite to walk through the voting, Claude Giroux will face some still competition.

Our predictions for the NHL 13 cover:

Bracket A

Claude Giroux vs. P.K. Subban GIROUX
Scott Hartnell vs. Tyler Seguin HARTNELL
Evgeni Malkin vs. Steven Stamkos MALKIN
Anze Kopitar vs. David Perron KOPITAR

Bracket B

Pavel Datsyuk vs. T.J. Oshie DATSYUK
Henrik Lundqvist vs. Erik Karlsson LUNDQVIST
Pekka Rinne vs. Patrick Sharp SHARP
Jordan Eberle vs. John Tavares TAVARES

Round 2

Giroux vs Hartnell GIROUX
Malkin vs Kopitar MALKIN

Datsyuk vs Lundqvist DATSYUK
Sharp vs Tavares SHARP

Round 3

Giroux vs Malkin GIROUX
Datsyuk vs Sharp DATSYUK

Finals

Giroux vs Datsyuk GIROUX

I see the Flyers making easy work in the first round, but only Giroux moving on (since he’ll face Hartnell). Malkin should easy move into the 3rd round, but will be taken out by Giroux, much like the Penguins were in the playoffs.Datysuk should have an easy path to the finals since Detroit has a strong fanbase. The only X factor is if Rinne can stay hot and keep Nashville moving through the NHL playoffs.

What are your NHL 13 cover predictions?