1) Washington vs 8. Montreal: Capitals in four
Although I do not feel that the Washington Capitals will win the Stanley Cup, the NHLâ€™s best team will have no trouble dismantling the Montreal Canadiens one piece at a time.
2) New Jersey Devils vs 7) Philadelphia Flyers: Flyers in seven
The Devils chances for the Stanley Cup come with one stipulation; a well-rested Martin Brodeur. Unfortunately his selfishness will do him and his team in again as he will be too tired to defeat the Flyers who will continuously crash the net and wreak havoc.
3) Buffalo Sabres vs 6) Boston Bruins: Sabres in five
The Boston Bruins limped into this yearâ€™s playoffs with injuries extrapolating their already weak offense. Buffalo continues to remain consistent season after season, and with a healthy Thomas Vanek on fire, along with the best goaltender in the Eastern conference, Ryan Miller, they should have no problems beating the Boston Bruins.
4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs 5) Ottawa Senators: Penguins in five
Hats off to the Senators for even being able to make the playoffs, a team that was surrounded by a media circus all season long due to Dany Heatley, and a team, who at one point in the season, had their entire top line injured. They had been one of the hottest teams in the league for a while, but Pittsburgh is still the team to beat in the east.
1) San Jose Sharks vs 8. Colorado Avalanche: Sharks in five
The Sharks have been a source for endless jokes among hockey fans over the years because it is absolutely hilarious to see a team consistently win 45-50 games every year, only to lose in the first round. However, their fortunes will change this season, somewhat. As good a season as the Avalanche had, they will not be able to match the Sharksâ€™ firepower, and even if Nabokov is not a big game goalie, I certainly feel he can out-duel Craig Anderson, a goalie who had a career year.
2) Chicago Blackhawks vs 7) Nashville Predators: Blackhawks in six
For many people, Chicago is the team to beat this season. To that, I ask why? Yes they have an amazing tandem of Kane and Toews, but their goaltending will be their fatal flaw. Cristobal Huet has never impressed me, ever, and Antti Niemi has no experience at all. However, they have enough skill level to defeat the surprisingly steady Nashville Predators.
3) Vancouver Canucks vs 6) Los Angeles Kings: Canucks in six
Few teams were able to match the excitement and exuberance of the Kings this season, but they are in the same learning process the Penguins were in a few years back. There is that old saying that you have to lose before you can win, and for that reason, I feel they will lose out. That, and the fact that I love the system the Canucks are playing. They have a very solid defense, and an excellent offensive pressure. Right now it seems the Sedin twins will be unbeatable, and Kesler and Burrows provide some good toughness with an offensive flair.
4) Phoenix Coyotes vs 5) Detroit Red Wings: Red Wings in five
First off, let me start out by saying congratulations to Dave Tippett, for the job he did in Phoenix this season. He will win the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year, and deserves it more than anyone else. The job that Don Maloney was also able to do is outstanding. However, now that it is playoff time, I feel this Cinderella season will be coming to an end. The Wings are a group of battle hardened veterans who could win a playoff game in their sleep.
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