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Playoff Matchups

(1) Buffalo vs. (8) New York Islanders

Dipietro or not, the islanders are two slow and don’t score enough to knock off buffalo who has a big chip on their shoulder from last year.
Sabres in five

(2) New Jersey vs. (7) Tampa Bay

Bad powerplay (check), bad penalty kill (check), 1 real scoring line (check), shaky goaltending (check)
What is to like about Tampa Bay in the playoffs this year? Once Lecay and St. Louis get shut down who’s left?
On top of it Broduer is playing awesome right now.

Devils in six

(3) Atlanta vs. (6) New York Rangers

Atlanta will be star-struck, their first ever playoff appearance, if the rangers try to play wide open they’ll lose because Atlanta has better scoring, but the Rangers are hardened from last years drubbing by New Jersey and are looking to prove themselves. Atlanta is just happy to be there especially after backing their way into the third seed.

Rangers in six

(4) Ottawa vs. (5) Pittsburgh

Everyone says this series is the one to watch. Two high powered offences, I’m tempted to call this one a sweep,
but I don’t know which way it’ll go. So I’m taking the easy way out and taking it to 7 games. Pittsburgh is
untested and didn’t expect to be in the playoffs. Fleury hasn’t shown any big game prowess. On the other hand
Ottawa are the second best playoff chokers in the NHL (Sorry Dallas). Honestly this one could go either way, but I
wouldn’t be surprised if one of them swept the others.

Senators in seven

(1) Detroit vs. (8) Calgary

Good moral character prevents me from ever predicting Detroit to win a playoff series. The most wonderful thing in
the world was them getting ousted in the first round last year. (till the canes won it all) The Flames are a better
home team than away and their style suites playoff hockey. Detroit doesn’t have an North American captain and
their future rests on a 200 year old groin and a backup goalie who was better at fighting with Roy than stopping the
puck.

Flames in five

(2) Anaheim vs. (7) Minnesota

Everyone was all Ducks this and Ducks that at the beginning of the year, toughest division in hockey etc. I think
they’ve gone a little soft here at the end. Minnesota is built for the playoffs, sound defensive team that gives up
nothing. This one goes down to the wire and comes out with the upset.

Wild in seven

(3) Vancouver vs. (6) Dallas

This will not be a fun series to watch. The two lowest scoring teams in the playoffs, the two goalies with the most to
loss. Turco hasn’t gotten out of the first round since Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, while Luongo while fantastic regular
season goalie has yet to prove a thing in the playoffs. I don’t think the road team will win a game all series.

Canucks in seven

(4) Nashville vs. (5) San Jose

After Ottawa/Pittsburgh this is the next best opening round series. Nashville is a very well balanced team that can
hurt you in many ways. San Jose has the most lethal power-play in the league. Nashville has Forsberg, who has been huge in any playoff situation where he wasn’t the captain/go-to-guy. Nashville stays out of the box and moves on.

Predators in five

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