NHL Playoff Predictions

April 10, 2007 2:56pm CST
Does anyone have any predictions on who will win each series in the first round?
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10 Apr 07
I'm down for a little fun... East Sabres over Islanders (4-1) -I think that having snuck into the playoffs will give the Islanders a little momentum, which is why I don't think it's a sweep. Buffalo is the real deal... Devils over Lightning (4-2) -Tampa Bay has Lecavailler and St. Louis... and little else. Jersey has one of the greatest goalies to ever play the game. Thrashers over Rangers (4-3) -This one's going seven. I know the Rangers and the favorite upset special, and Lundqvist is playing exceptionally well, but I like the Thrashers to get by them in seven grueling games. Pittsburgh over Senators (4-2) -I like the youth and the inexperience of the Pens. I know that experience is important, but they have some guys who have been there before, and enough youth to be naive to the difficulties of the Stanley Cup playoffs. West Red Wings over Flames (4-1) -Calgary got help from Nashville just to back into the playoffs, and they just don't have the offense to matchup with the Red Wings, even though they lost Kronwall. Wild over Ducks (4-3) -My big upset for the first round. I think Anaheim has been playing out of their minds this season, but the Sharks and the Stars almost caught them, and the Wild will be getting Pavol Demitra back at the perfect time to catch the Ducks napping. Stars over Canucks (4-2) -The Stars have been one of the hotter teams in the NHL during the past month or so. And I really think this is the year Marty Turco gets out of this playoff funk that he's been in. Sharks over Predators (4-2) -The lone rematch from last season. Both teams are better, but I like the way the Sharks have been playing lately. Joe Thornton finished a +24 and only 6 points behind Sid the Kid for the Art Ross. Look out... Jonathan Cheechoo has 15 goals in his last 16 games. Let's see how well I did after the first round... lol.