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The matches are set.

 

 

 

Who do you like first round? They all look tough to me. I'm going with Detroit (:8)), Montreal, Pittsburgh, Rangers, Colorado, Chicago, Anaheim, and LA.

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The matches are set.

 

 

 

Who do you like first round? They all look tough to me. I'm going with Detroit (:8)), Montreal, Pittsburgh, Rangers, Colorado, Chicago, Anaheim, and LA.

I like your picks (especially Montreal :-D) but that Detroit prediction is mighty bold, but I LIKE IT! Bruins "one and done" would be awesome, except for the fact that it would rob Montreal of the pleasure of knocking them out in the second round!

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Bruins are going to be a very tough out. I think the Detroit pick is nuts.

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Bruins are going to be a very tough out. I think the Detroit pick is nuts.

It is bold, but I figure there has to be some upsets in the first round. The season series is 3-1 Detroit. They were the only team in the NHL to beat the Bruins 3 times this year. Detroit has some players that always ramp it up when the playoffs start - Franzen and Datsyuk are two examples. Having said that, if Detroit doesn't win the first game, I think the series is over. Boston is too physically tough to play a long series with. 

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It is bold, but I figure there has to be some upsets in the first round. The season series is 3-1 Detroit. They were the only team in the NHL to beat the Bruins 3 times this year. Detroit has some players that always ramp it up when the playoffs start - Franzen and Datsyuk are two examples. Having said that, if Detroit doesn't win the first game, I think the series is over. Boston is too physically tough to play a long series with. 

 

Playoffs are about depth and gold-tending, and in those two areas Boston has a HUGE advantage. I see this as Bruins in 5. Honestly, nobody in the East scares me as a Bruins fan. Pittsburgh is a paper tiger and faded down the stretch. I think it will be a fairly big surprise not to have the Bruins in the Finals. And they should be favored when they get there. They can run 3 lines out there that can play with most teams' top lines.

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It is bold, but I figure there has to be some upsets in the first round. The season series is 3-1 Detroit. They were the only team in the NHL to beat the Bruins 3 times this year. Detroit has some players that always ramp it up when the playoffs start - Franzen and Datsyuk are two examples. Having said that, if Detroit doesn't win the first game, I think the series is over. Boston is too physically tough to play a long series with. 

Umm...actually Montreal took the season series 3-1 as well. :-D

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Umm...actually Montreal took the season series 3-1 as well. :-D

Well damn! My mistake.

So Boston is screwed even if they beat Detroit! :dance: 

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Well damn! My mistake.

So Boston is screwed even if they beat Detroit! :dance: 

Yeah, pretty much. Montreal is so deep into Boston's collective heads that we can smell Chara's brain farts before they happen.

post #9 of 243
I think it's going to take a while to get used to seeing Detroit in the East. Seeing the bracket with them facing Boston just seems...off. 82 game season be damned.
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I would have preferred that the Flyers play the Penguins instead of the Rangers. The Flyers have the Pens number and Lundgvist gets stupid hot sometimes and just shuts teams down. I hate hot goalies, primarily because they never seem to play for the Flyers.

 

Boston

Tampa

Penguins

Flyers

 

Colorado

Chicago

Anaheim

San Jose

post #11 of 243
Here are my picks:
Boston
Tampa
Pens
Rangers

Avs
Hawks
Stars
Kings

The Stars are a long shot, I know. But I really don't care for the Ducks.
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As a long time Red Wing fan, I don't believe the team has played together in sync with all of the injuries to the team.   A few players have stepped up but as was previously mentioned, during the playoffs, its about team depth and goal tending.    Detroit although they have beaten Boston 3 - 1 this year doesn't like to play physical.    I don't see them winning 2 games. 

 

 

I like Boston to win it all, although the Kings could surprise me.

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Surprised everyone is picking Chicago. For most of the season I would Say St. Louis was the best team in the league with Boston. Granted they have not played well in the last week or so but they were my Pick in the west for awhile now..... Also disappointed no love for the State of Hockey. Go Wild! Colorado has been red hot but I think MN has more depth especially because COL is without Duchene.

My picks are:

BOS, MON, PIT, and PHI in the east.

SJ, ANA, STL, and MIN in the west.

Boston and St. Louis for the cup.
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Surprised everyone is picking Chicago. For most of the season I would Say St. Louis was the best team in the league with Boston. Granted they have not played well in the last week or so but they were my Pick in the west for awhile now..... Also disappointed no love for the State of Hockey. Go Wild! Colorado has been red hot but I think MN has more depth especially because COL is without Duchene.

My picks are:

BOS, MON, PIT, and PHI in the east.

SJ, ANA, STL, and MIN in the west.

Boston and St. Louis for the cup.
St. Louis has been on a crappy run lately. Lost their last 6 games, and they're not in the best shape physically with key players injured late in the season. I can see the Wild upsetting Colorado though.
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St. Louis has been on a crappy run lately. Lost their last 6 games, and they're not in the best shape physically with key players injured late in the season. I can see the Wild upsetting Colorado though.

Yeah they have been bad lately with a few injuries to boot. Isn't Chicago without Kane and Toews right now, or are they gonna be back for game 1? I just feel that CHI is a little overrated this year. They really haven't been firing on all cylinders IMO, and I have seen STL play some dominating hockey for the first 70 games or so.

We will see the Blues slump could continue and Chicago has the experience, so anything could happen. I just love playoff hockey. Go Wild!
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Yeah they have been bad lately with a few injuries to boot. Isn't Chicago without Kane and Toews right now, or are they gonna be back for game 1? I just feel that CHI is a little overrated this year. They really haven't been firing on all cylinders IMO, and I have seen STL play some dominating hockey for the first 70 games or so.

We will see the Blues slump could continue and Chicago has the experience, so anything could happen. I just love playoff hockey. Go Wild!
Kane and Toews are both playing; Chicago has no injuries.

Great start to the playoffs yesterday. The Montreal vs. Tampa game was intense. Looking forward to tonight's games. They all look like a coin flip to me.
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I'm such a lame ass, I fell asleep in the third period with MTL and TB tied 3 all. Happy the Habs won but, Damn Carey, .750 sv% ain't gonna get it done on most nights!!!

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Kane and Toews are both playing; Chicago has no injuries.

Great start to the playoffs yesterday. The Montreal vs. Tampa game was intense. Looking forward to tonight's games. They all look like a coin flip to me.

Yeah, it sure didn't take long for that series to turn into real playoff hockey eh? That's good news for MTL, they always play better when there's a little bit of hatred going on.

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Noooooo! Minnesota what happened you were up by 2 in the third.
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