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2010 NHL Playoffs

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San Jose (1) vs. Colorado (8) - SJ in 5

Chicago (2) vs. Nashville (7) - CHI in 6

Vancouver (3) vs. Los Angeles (6) - VAN in 5

Phoenix (4) vs. Detroit (5) - DET in 6

Washington (1) vs. Montreal (8) - WSH in 4

New Jersey (2) vs. Philadelphia (7) - NJ in 5

Buffalo (3) vs. Boston (6) - BUF in 6

Pittsburgh (4) vs. Ottawa (5) - PIT in 5

Pretty easy, actually. I can't believe some of you think Ottawa will win. Take your Haterade-sponsored goggles off. I hate 'em, too, but Ottawa stands little chance.

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1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche = SJ in 5

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators = CHI in 5

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings = VAN in 5

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings = DET in 5

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens = WASH in 4

2. New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers = NJ in 6

3. Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins = BUFF in 7

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators = PIT in 7

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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.

The Avs have been pretty bad for the last weeks/months. I guess if Anderson finds his mojo again they could pull an upset but in my eyes they're easily the worst playoff team in the West. Too young, overachieved for most of the season and almost ended up missing the playoffs.

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I love that in the first Gretzky-less year the Coyotes get a good coach in Tippet and finally make the playoffs in decisive manner.

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The Avs had been bad last one month. Although the playoff is unpredictable, I would say small chance for the Avs to beat the Sharks; but I also do not see the Sharks can pass the 2nd round. The Preds have been good this year and although they are 7th, they have been really solid at the end of the year. The Kings have not been good at the late of the season but if they can solve Luongo, I say they may have a chance to pass the first round.

For the Wings, if Howard can stay calm, I say the Wings in 6. The Yotes really deserved a playoff this year and they look stronger than the Sharks in my opinion.

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Anybody know when the schedules are released?

"Dates for these series will be announced later. A complete list of start times and broadcast information will be released when available. The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs open Wednesday, Apr. 14."

- NHL.com

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Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche Sharks in six

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators Blackhawks in seven

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

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings Wings in five

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens Capitals in four

2. New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers Devils in seven

3. Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins Sabres in six

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators Penguins in five

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1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche = SJ in 5

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators = CHI in 5

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings = VAN in 5

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings = DET in 5

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens = WASH in 4

2. New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers = NJ in 6

3. Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins = BUFF in 7

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators = PIT in 7

You seriously have the East being this competitive?

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I'm surprised people are picking the Hawks to not win, or require more than 5 games to beat Nashville. Nashville has never won a road game in the playoffs, and they just don't appear to be an impressive team. In my opinion, none of the bottom 4 other than Detroit are scary at all. It's surprising to me about the Nashville respect though. I think Nashville will be able to stay in the game, but that's about it. Chicago is too fast and has too much offense to lose more than a game. If it goes six i will be shocked. Nashvile isn't winning a game in Chicago either. Also if Nashville were to upset CHicago, I think all of CHicago will collectively set themselves on fire. What a meltdown that would be!

Same with SJ.

Luongo is totally overrated, but it won't appear that way in the first round. It will in the second though.

These playoffs will be fantastic.

You seriously have the East being this competitive?

Yeah, you know why? Because they all suck and they're playing each other, LOL. If they were playing western teams I'd predict every west team in 5 or less ;).

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I'm surprised people are picking the Hawks to not win, or require more than 5 games to beat Nashville. Nashville has never won a road game in the playoffs, and they just don't appear to be an impressive team. In my opinion, none of the bottom 4 other than Detroit are scary at all. It's surprising to me about the Nashville respect though. I think Nashville will be able to stay in the game, but that's about it. Chicago is too fast and has too much offense to lose more than a game. If it goes six i will be shocked. Nashvile isn't winning a game in Chicago either. Also if Nashville were to upset CHicago, I think all of CHicago will collectively set themselves on fire. What a meltdown that would be!

Same with SJ.

Luongo is totally overrated, but it won't appear that way in the first round. It will in the second though.

These playoffs will be fantastic.

You seriously have the East being this competitive?

Yeah, you know why? Because they all suck and they're playing each other, LOL. If they were playing western teams I'd predict every west team in 5 or less ;).

We all know the Hawks are good this year and may go to the 2nd round but it is just prediction; besides, the Preds may not have offenses but they have good D and goaltending. It is just the fact that the Preds play the hockey not to lose; tough to beat.

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Western Conference

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

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

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

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings - Red Wings in 6

Eastern Conference

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

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

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

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

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Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche 7

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators 6

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings 6 (toughest one to call for me)

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings 6

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens 5

2. New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers 6

3. Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins 5

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators 7

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Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche San Jose in 6

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators Preds in 7

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

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

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens Caps in 5

2. New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers NJ in 6

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

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators Penguins in 7

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East:

WSH/MTL - 4

NJD/PHI - 5

BUF/BOS - 6

PIT/OTT - 5

West:

SJS/COL- 4

CHI/NSH- 6

VAN/LAK - 6

PHX/DET - 5

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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.

I predict the wings to play the blackhawks second round.

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Yeah if I were forced to bet on the games I would say Wings, Hawks, Kings, and Sharks would be the winners.

I see both Detroit and LA upsetting their opponents. I just don't think Van is built for playoff hockey, and Nas just doesn't have the offense. LA is young and hungry, the Avs are just not good enough to beat the choke artists, that will happen in the second round.

Thus Wings Kings in the WCF.

From there I got Wings.

But then again I would have them winning the cup, I am after all a Wing fan!

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Gentlemen; start your brackets!!!!

Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs. 8. Colorado Avalanche

1. San Jose Sharks in 6

2. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7. Nashville Predators

7. Nashville Predators in 6

3. Vancouver Canucks vs. 6. Los Angeles Kings

3. Vancouver Canucks in 7

4. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings

5. Detroit Red Wings in 6

Eastern Conference (No "upsets")

1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens

Washington Capitals in 5

2. New Jersey Devils vs. 7. Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils in 5

3. Buffalo Sabers vs. 6. Boston Bruins

3. Buffalo Sabers in 6

4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Ottawa Senators

4. Pittsburgh Penguins in 6

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Round 2

Western Conference

1. San Jose Sharks vs 7. Nashville Predators

Nashville in 7

3. Vancouver Canucks vs 5. Detroit Red Wings

Detroit in 6

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs 4. Pittsburgh Penguins (ohhhhhh!)

Washington in 5

2. New Jersey Devils vs 3. Buffalo Sabers

2. New Jersey Devils in 7

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WCF

5. Detroit Red Wings vs 7. Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators in 6 *as much as I hate to say it*

ECF

1. Washington Capitals vs 2. New Jersey Devils

Washington in 6

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SCF

Nashville Predators vs Washington Capitals

Stanley Cup Champions

Washington Capitals in 6

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WEST

1. San Jose vs Colorado --- in 6

2. Chicago vs Nashville --- in 7

3. Vancouver vs LA --- in 7

4. Phoenix vs Detroit --- in 6

EAST

1. Washington vs Montreal --- in 5

2. New Jersey vs Phillidelphia --- in 6

3. Buffalo vs Boston --- in 4

4. Pittsburgh vs Ottawa --- in 7.

Servo, if Nashville ever got that close to the cup it would trigger my gag reflex.

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1. San Jose

2. Chicago

3. Vancouver

4. Phoenix

5. Detroit

6. Los Angeles

7. Nashville

8. Colorado

East:

1. Washington

2. New Jersey

3. Buffalo

4. Pittsburgh

5. Ottawa

6. Boston

7. Philadelphia

8. Montreal

WEST: I say Colorado over San Jose in 7 (Jumbo and Nabby are already on the golf course), Nashville over Chicago in 7 (Chicago's only chance is to get early leads. If they play defensive, low scoring games, Rinne will OWN Niemi...or Huet if Q is foolish enough to start him), Vancouver over LA in 5 (LA is still a year away from a deep playoff run), and Detroit over Phoenix in 6 (Yotes goaltending will steal them a couple games, but they don't have the experience or depth to beat a Detroit team that's finally healthy).

Vancouver over Colorado and Detroit over Nashville in the second round. Detroit over Vancouver in the Conference Finals.

EAST: I say Washington over Montreal in 4 (Won't be pretty or close), New Jersey over Philadelphia in 5 (Goaltending will be the factor, plain and simple), Buffalo over Boston in 5 (Ryan Miller's going to do well this spring), and Ottawa over Pittsburgh in 7 (Hey, I can hope, right? Ottawa is underrated and s***tsburgh might underestimate Brian Elliot who's been great, while Fleury has been average at best lately.)

Washington over Ottawa and Buffalo over New Jersey in the second round. Buffalo over Washington in the Conference Finals.

Detroit over Buffalo in 7 for the Cup.

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Interesting note: devils are 1-4-1 v Philly this year.

Really? That is interesting. Too bad Philly has BB in net.

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Really? That is interesting. Too bad Philly has BB in net.

Yea surprising hey. I still don't think Philly will take it. They must match up well with NJ though, should be a good series :thumbup:

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San Jose, Vancouver, or Detroit will win the Cup :P

I'd add the Hawks to that. I honestly think one of the top 4 in the west will win it. Any of those 4 against any eastern team should prevail in the finals. The toughest part will be getting out of the west.

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