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the nhl playoff matrch ups are set

eastern conference

1-Tampa Bay vs 8 New York Islanders

2- Boston vs 7 Montreal

3-Philadelphia vs 6 New Jersey

4-Toronto vs 5 Ottawa

western conference

1-Detroit vs 8 Nashville

2-San Jose vs 7 Saint Louis

3-Vancouver vs 6 Calgary

4-Colorado vs 5 Dallas

what do you guys think?what are your 1st round picks?im still working on mine...

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damned devils...couldn't win just one more game so we could see Montreal vs. Toronto...

East

Islanders- think they're ripe for an upset

Habs- if not, i'm out 2 cases of beer...

Flyers - think they have at least enough to beat the devils

Leafs

with the exeption of the Lightning/Islanders series, the East has three great match-ups, lots of history here. Can't wait

West

Red Wings- unless they end up sliding out like last year, but not against the Preds (please?)

Avs- Abersher is hot, thats all they need

The last two for me are too close, Sharks/Blues will be a good one, and another all Canadian match-up, Canuckleheads and Flames, you know Calagry is gonna be hot for those games.

It's kinda funny that there are two Canadian vs. Canadian games in the first round, at least we're guarenteed some teams in the second round

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ill pick Tampa Bay, Boston, New Jersey and Toronto

and out west Detroit, San Jose, Colorado, and canucks and flames is so close, ill pick calgary

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islanders- tampa has proven they cant beet them

montreal- boston always chokes in teh playoffs, especially against the habs

philly- the flyers will do anything to get the chance to play ottawa in the playoffs

toronto- the sens have lost to us three years in a row, this year is no different

detroit- it will be a crime if nashville ever wins a nhl playoff series

san jose- st.louis chokes in the playoffs

calgary- vancouver chokes in the playoffs

colorado- dallas dosnt seem to be playing its best hockey this season

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Here's what I think the schedule will be, taking into consideration CBC and ESPN scheduling preferences and arena availability:

Wed, Apr 7 7:00PM 1 MTL @ BOS

Wed, Apr 7 7:00PM 1 DAL @ COL

Wed, Apr 7 7:00PM 1 CGY @ VAN

Wed, Apr 7 7:00PM 1 STL @ SJ

Thu, Apr 8 7:00PM 1 NYI @ TB

Thu, Apr 8 7:00PM 1 NJ @ PHI

Thu, Apr 8 7:00PM 1 OTT @ TOR

Thu, Apr 8 7:00PM 1 NSH @ DET

Fri, Apr 9 7:00PM 2 DAL @ COL

Fri, Apr 9 7:00PM 2 CGY @ VAN

Fri, Apr 9 7:00PM 2 STL @ SJ

Sat, Apr 10 2:00PM 2 NYI @ TB

Sat, Apr 10 2:00PM 2 MTL @ BOS

Sat, Apr 10 7:00PM 2 NJ @ PHI

Sat, Apr 10 7:00PM 2 OTT @ TOR

Sat, Apr 10 2:00PM 2 NSH @ DET

Sun, Apr 11 7:00PM 3 VAN @ CGY

Sun, Apr 11 7:00PM 3 SJ @ STL

Mon, Apr 12 7:00PM 3 TB @ NYI

Mon, Apr 12 7:00PM 3 BOS @ MTL

Mon, Apr 12 7:00PM 3 PHI @ NJ

Mon, Apr 12 7:00PM 3 TOR @ OTT

Mon, Apr 12 7:00PM 3 COL @ DAL

Tue, Apr 13 7:00PM 3 DET @ NSH

Tue, Apr 13 7:00PM 4 VAN @ CGY

Tue, Apr 13 7:00PM 4 SJ @ STL

Wed, Apr 14 7:00PM 4 TB @ NYI

Wed, Apr 14 7:00PM 4 PHI @ NJ

Wed, Apr 14 7:00PM 4 COL @ DAL

Thu, Apr 15 7:00PM 4 BOS @ MTL

Thu, Apr 15 7:00PM 4 TOR @ OTT

Thu, Apr 15 7:00PM 4 DET @ NSH

Thu, Apr 15 7:00PM 5 STL @ SJ

Fri, Apr 16 7:00PM 5 NJ @ PHI

Fri, Apr 16 7:00PM 5 DAL @ COL

Fri, Apr 16 7:00PM 5 CGY @ VAN

Sat, Apr 17 2:00PM 5 NYI @ TB

Sat, Apr 17 2:00PM 5 MTL @ BOS

Sat, Apr 17 7:00PM 5 OTT @ TOR

Sat, Apr 17 2:00PM 5 NSH @ DET

Sat, Apr 17 4:00PM 6 SJ @ STL

Sun, Apr 18 7:00PM 6 PHI @ NJ

Sun, Apr 18 7:00PM 6 COL @ DAL

Sun, Apr 18 7:00PM 6 VAN @ CGY

Mon, Apr 19 7:00PM 6 TB @ NYI

Mon, Apr 19 7:00PM 6 BOS @ MTL

Mon, Apr 19 7:00PM 6 TOR @ OTT

Mon, Apr 19 7:00PM 6 DET @ NSH

Mon, Apr 19 7:00PM 7 STL @ SJ

Tue, Apr 20 7:00PM 7 NJ @ PHI

Tue, Apr 20 7:00PM 7 DAL @ COL

Tue, Apr 20 7:00PM 7 CGY @ VAN

Wed, Apr 21 7:00PM 7 NYI @ TB

Wed, Apr 21 7:00PM 7 MTL @ BOS

Wed, Apr 21 7:00PM 7 OTT @ TOR

Wed, Apr 21 7:00PM 7 NSH @ DET

The real schedule is due out later today. Let's see how accurate I am.

--Roger "Time?" Clemente.

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eastern conference

1-Tampa Bay vs 8 New York Islanders

Islanders in 6... the Lightning are a great team, and if they were facing almost any other team i'd give them the nod... but they have had serious problems with the Islanders this season, including two losses to them in March

2- Boston vs 7 Montreal

Bruins in 5... the Habs picked a bad time to get cold, unfortunately, the Bruins will win these games with ease, while the Habs will get a blowout win, probably in game one

3-Philadelphia vs 6 New Jersey

Devils in 7... the devils play perfect playoff hockey, what else can I say? These games will be low scoring, but Brodeur trumps Burke.

4-Toronto vs 5 Ottawa

Leafs in 6... maybe i'm picking with my heart, but the Sens have been a piece of cake for the Leafs this season, especially with last nights 6-0 drubbing included. The more games Lalime is out, the fewer games it takes for the Leafs to end this series

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western conference

1-Detroit vs 8 Nashville

Red Wings in 4... the red wings have learned a thing or two after last seasons playoff debacle. the preds wouldn't be here without Steve Sullivan, and the Wings have more than enough to take care of him during games.

2-San Jose vs 7 Saint Louis

Sharks in 7... the blues are stronger than they have played this season, it's a just a shame they will continue to play that way in this series, as the sharks ride the cheechoo train into the second round

3-Vancouver vs 6 Calgary

Flames in 6... kiprusoff appears to be the perfect playoff goaltender, and he'll help carry the flames deep, the canucks will feel the loss of bertuzzi, who is a great playoff performer.

4-Colorado vs 5 Dallas

Stars in 5... just as their nicknames state, the Stars are shooting, and the Avalanche are falling fast. the loss of patrick roy will be felt in this series, as the stars go to town on the avs

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eastern conference

1-Tampa Bay vs 8 New York Islanders - Isles looking to be the upset team, but go down in 7.

2- Boston vs 7 Montreal - I saw the Bruins play last week... they're looking tough and will go a few rounds. Boston in 6.

3-Philadelphia vs 6 New Jersey - I'd like to see 'em both lose, but I'll take the lesser of two evils, which ironically is the Devils in 6.

4-Toronto vs 5 Ottawa - Ottawa needs a bye to get out of the first round...must we go through this every year? Leafs in 5.

western conference

1-Detroit vs 8 Nashville - Seems like the Wings either get upset in the first round or win a Cup. Neither is happening this year - put 'em in the next round after 5.

2-San Jose vs 7 Saint Louis - This one's my pick to be a sweep. Sharks in 4.

3-Vancouver vs 6 Calgary - Guilty... I mean Vancouver, 4-3.

4-Colorado vs 5 Dallas - Stars in 7.

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Ottawa needs a bye to get out of the first round...

Except last year, when the lost a great seven-game series to the Devils in the conference final....?

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Eastern Conference

FIRST ROUND

1-Tampa Bay vs 8 New York Islanders

Isles

2- Boston vs 7 Montreal

Bruins

3-Philadelphia vs 6 New Jersey

Devils - best first round matchup

4-Toronto vs 5 Ottawa

Leafs

SECOND ROUND

2-Boston vs. 8-Islanders

Bruins

4-Leafs vs. 6-Devils

Devils

CONFERENCE FINAL

2-Boston vs. 6-Devils

Devils

Western Conference

FIRST ROUND

1-Detroit vs 8 Nashville

Detroit - The Preds are no Mighty Ducks

2-San Jose vs 7 Saint Louis

Blues

3-Vancouver vs 6 Calgary

Canucks

4-Colorado vs 5 Dallas

Stars

SECOND ROUND

1-Detroit vs. 7-St. Louis

Detroit

3-Vancouver vs. 5-Dallas

Stars

CONFERENCE FINAL

1-Detroit vs. 5-Dallas

Stars

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Devils vs. Stars

Winner: Dallas Stars - Nope, I don't like it, but I don't see any way around it.

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Here are my picks:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders

Winner: Tampa Bay Lightning in 7

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Winner: Boston Bruins in 6

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

Winner: New Jersey Devils in 7

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators

Winner: Toronto Maple Leafs in 5

Western Conference Quarterfinals

Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators

Winner: Detroit Red Wings in 6

San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues

Winner: San Jose Sharks in 6

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

Winner: Vancouver Canucks in 7

Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars

Winner: Dallas Stars in 6

Early Stanley Cup Finals Pick:

Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

I know I said New Jersey and Detroit for the Cup in other threads, but I'm thinking Boston looks the strongest in the East to me right now. Tampa Bay won't hold up longer than the second round, if they can even manage to beat the Isles. I think they can but it may take them all seven games to do it.

I think the Preds might give the Wings a run for their money, although I don't expect Detroit to get bounced like they did last year. I would love to see a Canucks/Avs matchup in the semis, but I really don't see the Avs beating the Stars, sadly.

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Oh, what the hey...

Round 1

Detroit vs Nashville - Detroit in 6

The Preds actually gave the Wings some fits this year, splitting the season series. I expect the Wings to pull it out, but don't expect it to be as much of a cake walk as you would normally think, especially if Vokoun gets hot.

San Jose vs St. Louis - St. Louis in 7

Ok, it's a bit of a homer pick, but the way the Blues have been playing over the last month, I think they can pull it out. Granted, they had to play that way just to make it to this point, but they did it. San Jose isn't exactly slumping into the playoffs, either. This should be an outstanding series.

Vancouver vs Calgary - Calgary in 6

Better goaltending, as in most series, will likely tell the tale in this series. While Vancouver had an outstanding season, their goaltending looked shaky at times. Kiprusoff is a huge part of the reason the Flames have made it this far.

Colorado vs Dallas - Dallas in 6

Dallas is streaking, Colorado's been slumping. Colorado is banged up. None of this is a good sign. Dallas is a bruising team, especially in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay vs NY Islanders - Tampa Bay in 5

What's that beeping sound? Oh, right, the Isles backing their way into the playoffs. They should have wrapped up the last spot weeks ago, but instead kept letting Buffalo have hope. The Lightning are no fluke, I say.

Boston vs Montreal - Boston in 7

Man, a Bruins/Habs series. Who wrote this script, eh? The thirtieth postseason meeting between these clubs should be a dandy. Thornton's injury is a dicey situation, but Boston's overall strength should allow them to outlast the Canadiens in a tough series.

Philadelphia vs New Jersey - New Jersey in 7

This series should be brutal. Get out the ice packs, boys, you're gonna need 'em! In a tight series, go with the better goalie--and, let's face it, there's none better in the NHL right now than Martin Brodeur.

Toronto vs Ottawa - Ottawa in 6

Another "Battle of Ontario" matchup between two very even teams. I expect Ottawa's team speed to win the series for them.

Round 2

Detroit vs St. Louis - Detroit in 5

The Blues will do well enough to get past San Jose. Beating Detroit will be a much taller order, and unfortunately, they're not prepared to get the job done.

Dallas vs Calgary - Calgary in 7

In a hard-fought series, the Flames should pull it out in a squeaker.

Tampa Bay vs New Jersey - New Jersey in 7

The Lightning are a good team, no doubt, but the Devils will be too strong and too experienced for them. Don't expect the Bolts to roll over and die--the Devils will have to use everything they have, especially the exploits of Brodeur, to pull out the win.

Boston vs Ottawa - Ottawa in 6

After being Toronto, the Sens will be hungry to face New Jersey in a rematch of last year's conference final. The Bruins, provided they make it past the Habs, may be too beat up to compete with the speedy Senators.

Conference Finals

Detroit vs Calgary - Detroit in 6

Detroit will be too much for the Flames, provided their goaltending can provide a stable foundation.

Ottawa vs New Jersey - Ottawa in 7

Remember last year's conference final? Yeah, these teams do, too. Expect the same tooth-and-nail battle, but this time, Ottawa will be hungry enough to take it.

Stanley Cup Final

Detroit vs Ottawa - Detroit in 6

Two teams with a lot of speed will face off. A high-scoring final series will put the finishing touches on Detroit's purch... er, Cup win.

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Steve-O's Picks

Eastern Conference:

Lightning/Islanders= New York in 6

Bruins/Canadiens= Boston in 5

Flyers/Devils= Philadelphia in 6

Leafs/Senators= Toronto in 5

Western Conference:

Red Wings/ Predators= Predators in 6

Sharks/Blues= San Jose in 4

Canucks/Flames= Calgary in 7

Avalanche/Stars= Stars in 6

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New York Islanders vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Islanders in 7 (Remember where you heard this...)

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins

Bruins in 5

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

Devils in 7

Ottawa Senators vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Senators in 6

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Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings in 4

St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks

Sharks in 7

Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks

Flames in 6

Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche

Stars in 7

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first round

east.

Tampa over New York in 4

Boston over Montreal in 6

New Jersey upsets Philadelphia in 5

Toronto over Ottawa in 7

west.

Detroit over Nashville in 6

San Jose over St. Louis in 7

Vancouver over Calgary in 6

Colorado over Dallas in 6

second round

New Jersey upsets Tampa in 7

Toronto upsets Boston in 6

Colorado upsets Detroit in 6

Vancouver upsets San Jose in 5

Conference Finals

Toronto over New Jersey in 7

Colorado upsets Vancouver (this series gets out of control!) in 6

Stanley Cup Finals

Colorado over Toronto in 5

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New York Islanders vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Islanders in 7 (Remember where you heard this...)

You mean here....

eastern conference

1-Tampa Bay vs 8 New York Islanders

Islanders in 6... the Lightning are a great team, and if they were facing almost any other team i'd give them the nod... but they have had serious problems with the Islanders this season, including two losses to them in March

Long before your post? ;):)

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