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2010 NHL Playoffs

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Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens

2. New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers

3. Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators

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Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche - Sharks in 5

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators - Hawks in 6

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings - Canucks in 6

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings - Wings in 7

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens - Caps in 4

2 New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers - Devils in 5

3 Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins - Sabres in 7

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators - Pens in 5

edited for final matchups

Edited by dat's sick

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Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche - Sharks in 5

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators - Hawks in 6

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings - Canucks in 6

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings - Wings in 7

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens - Caps in 4

New Jersey Devils/Buffalo Sabers vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers - TBA

New Jersey Devils/Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins - TBA

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators - Pens in 5

Wow, what bold predictions. :P

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I really think Chicago and Vancouver are going to have a hard time. Nashville especially, is one team I would not want to play in the first round.

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I have a feeling that one of the top 3 could be knocked out in the West. Colorado I doubt has the talent to beat San Jose, but L.A. and Nashville are scary and play tough hockey. No disrespect to Chicago or Vancouver.

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If Detroit beats Phoenix, we play Chicago in the second round right?

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Wow, what bold predictions. :P

Heh, I guess they're "safe". But I don't see many upsets happening in the 1st round.

Colorado was by far the best team for San Jose to get. LA, Nashville or Detroit could all have knocked them out.

LA or Detroit would have caused trouble for the Hawks, but Nashville doesn't have the offense to take advantage of the Hawks possibly shaky goaltending.

LA could upset Vancouver. That's the only series I'm really unsure about. In the end I think Vancouver will be stronger though.

Wings should be able to handle Phoenix.. Bryz scare me a bit but in a 7-game series we should be able to crack him.

The bottom 4 playoff teams in the East SUCK. No upsets there.

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If Detroit beats Phoenix, we play Chicago in the second round right?

Four things would need to happen:

  1. The Wings beat the Coyotes
  2. The Blackhawks beat the Predators
  3. The Kings beat the Canucks
  4. The Sharks beat the Avalanche

That is the only way the Wings and Hawks would meet in the second round.

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If Detroit beats Phoenix, we play Chicago in the second round right?

I'm pretty sure Detroit can't play them in the second round

Okay...suppose I was wrong

Edited by I Red Wings I

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I'm watching the Devils right now HOPING they get a point vs Buffalo so they can host Philly in the first round. I have tickets to game 1 and 2 and for ONCE in my life I'd like a rooting interest FOR NJ. I hate Philly and with Hartnell, Carcillo and Pronger I could, in good faith hope NJ wins. I also think that series would be FAR MORE violent than one with the Bruins

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Sabres/Devils tied at 1 with 3 to go in the 3rd. 1 point gives the Devils the #2 seed. Sabres must win in regulation to secure the #2 seed.

Sabres go to the PK with 2:30 left.

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Devils win and clinch the #2 seed.

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Woo Hoo, Langenbrunner into an empty net. Buffalo guilty of perhaps THE most hideous pulling of the goalie evah. Even though they were killing a penalty Buffalo iced the puck and pulled Lalime anyhoo.

Philly in the swamps of Jersey. I'm looking forward to these games. As we all know Chris Pronger is capable of any evil.

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All playoff match-ups are set in stone.

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Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche - Sharks in 5

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators - Hawks in 6

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings - Canucks in 6

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings - Wings in 7

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens - Caps in 4

2 New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers - Devils in 5

3 Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins - Sabres in 7

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators - Pens in 5

edited for final matchups

wait. You are picking all the favorites. What is your point.

The top 4 teams almost never all win. In 2004 the top 4 teams in the west ALL lost in the first round.

I'm picking Nashville to beat Chicago.

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Caps in 6

Pens in 5

Bruins in 6

Flyers in 7

Sharks in 7

Preds in 5

Wings in 6

Kings in 7

That would be the best possible result for the Wings.

Predictions!

Caps in 4

Sens in 7

Bruins in 6

Devils in 5

Sharks in 5

Hawks in 6

Coyotes in 6

Canucks in 4

Edited by TheOwl

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Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche SJ IN 5

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators CHI IN 7

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings LA IN 7

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings DET IN 5

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens WAS IN 6

2. New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers NJ IN 5

3. Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins BUF IN 7

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators OTT IN 7

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caps in 5

devils in 4

pens in 6

sabres in 5

sharks in 4

blackhawks in 7

kings in 6

wings in 5

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wait. You are picking all the favorites. What is your point.

The top 4 teams almost never all win. In 2004 the top 4 teams in the west ALL lost in the first round.

I'm picking Nashville to beat Chicago.

I can't pick upsets just for the sake of it. Like I mentioned I only see LA and Detroit beating the top-seeds.

Sens could beat the Pens unless Malkin starts playing like the player he is. But I think he will.

Meh, we'll see how it turns out. I think the top seeds are strong this year.

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I'm pretty sure Detroit can't play them in the second round

Okay...suppose I was wrong

Simple. IF Detroit and Chicago both win, then there are 4 possible scenarios depending on if Vancouver and San Jose win:

San Jose vs Detroit and Chicago vs Vancouver

San Jose vs Detroit and Chicago vs LA

Chicago vs Colorado and Vancouver vs Detroit

Chicago vs Colorado and Detroit vs LA

So you are correct, it is not possible for Detroit and Chicago to meet in the 2nd round.

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Simple. IF Detroit and Chicago both win, then there are 4 possible scenarios depending on if Vancouver and San Jose win:

San Jose vs Detroit and Chicago vs Vancouver

San Jose vs Detroit and Chicago vs LA

Chicago vs Colorado and Vancouver vs Detroit

Chicago vs Colorado and Detroit vs LA

So you are correct, it is not possible for Detroit and Chicago to meet in the 2nd round.

Sure they can. If San Jose beats the Avs, LA beats Vancouver, Detroit wins, Chicago wins. Then San Jose will play LA, Detroit will play Chicago.

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Simple. IF Detroit and Chicago both win, then there are 4 possible scenarios depending on if Vancouver and San Jose win:

San Jose vs Detroit and Chicago vs Vancouver

San Jose vs Detroit and Chicago vs LA

Chicago vs Colorado and Vancouver vs Detroit

Chicago vs Colorado and Detroit vs LA

So you are correct, it is not possible for Detroit and Chicago to meet in the 2nd round.

LA is the #6 seed and the Wings are the #5 seed. San Jose would face the Kings, not the Wings.

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HAHA! I love these picks with the top seeds all beating the lower ones.

One easy one to predict is the Sharks/Avs matchup. Sorry, but Avs in 6. I don't care if its the 1st seed versus the 8th.

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I'm picking the Wings in 7 and the hell with the rest of the teams. Kill 'em all and let god sort them out.

OK, now really

Sharks over Avs in 5 -- Heads swell in SJ and parade routes are discussed. Fools gold starts early in NoCal as Detroit gives the Sharkies a bleeding, ill swimming first round opponent.

Hawks over Predators in 6 -- The Hawks have just too much up front to be drawn into the Nashville quicksand. A couple of these games could go into overtime, it will be tough but Hawks prevail.

Canucks over Kings in 7 -- This will be a great series. I can't wait to watch it. The Kings will see if the Luongo slide is real or he just got bored watching the sisters pile up numbers on secondary assists.

Wings over Coyotes in 7 -- Duh, I have to pick them. This will be a hard, nasty, nightly beatings kind of series. Will the Wings overwhelm the Coyotes on special teams? Great storyline about the Vezina candidate for Phoenix vs the rookie who should be in the Vezina discussion in Jimmy Howard. Franzen is the X factor.

East

Washington over Montreal in 4 because it can't be 3. Unless the Canadiens powerplay which is good goes nuts I think the Habs will be overwhelmed. See San Jose premature proclamations of greatness after round one above.

Devils over Failadelphia in 6 -- The Devils powerplay is good and the Flyers take a lot of penalties. Brodeur is slipping, he is but he will be good enough to win here. The Flyers netminding is as solid as the skiing Capital One goat. Has been for eons. Kovalchuk had better wake the hell up and start doing something. I'm not paying him to skate around the perimeter or skate like gangbusters across the opponents blueline then pull up or head to the sideboards (As a ticket buyer I pay his salary yes I do lol).

Sabres over Bruins in 7. This'll be harder than many think. In the end the Bruins glass jaw presents itself. If it weren't for San Jose the Bruins would be known as the biggest headcases.

Penguins over the Senators in 5. The reasons are obvious, besides the Simpsons are on...

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