NHL Playoffs

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    NHL Playoffs

    It's time for the NHL Playoffs. In my opinion, it's the best playoffs in all of professional sports. All matchups are 7 game series and every game could go multiple OT's. Here are the opening round matchups. Who are you rooting for? Who is this year's dark horse team? Who will meet an early demise? Which series intrigues you the most?

    Eastern Conference:
    Lightning vs Devils
    Maple Leafs vs Bruins
    Capitals vs Blue Jackets
    Penguins vs Flyers

    Western Conference:
    Predators vs Avalanche
    Jets vs Wild
    Golden Knights vs Kings
    Ducks vs Sharks
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    Preview and discuss the match-ups in this thread, but do not post final scores in this thread. Give each game it's own final score thread.

    Format is

    Winning Team Nickname ## Losing Team Nickname ## OT (NHL)

    Examples...

    Blue Jackets 4 Capitals 0 (NHL)
    Bruins 1 Maple Leafs 0 OT (NHL)
    Penguins 5 Flyers 4 3OT (NHL)

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    I would have preferred the Lightning to face the Maple Leafs in the first round. The Devils scare me a bit. They are playing really well, right now.

    Tampa Bay may be without Steven Stamkos for the opener, Thursday night. He was quoted yesterday as saying that his body will never be 100% again. I smell a retirement, if the Bolts should win the cup. Maybe one regardless.

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    A new Distant Thunder from Scotland. International Lightning love. Gets me revved up for the playoffs.


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    Go Jackets!!!!

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    I'm cheering for the Lightning.

    Would love to see Bolts / Preds championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    I would have preferred the Lightning to face the Maple Leafs in the first round. The Devils scare me a bit. They are playing really well, right now.

    Tampa Bay may be without Steven Stamkos for the opener, Thursday night. He was quoted yesterday as saying that his body will never be 100% again. I smell a retirement, if the Bolts should win the cup. Maybe one regardless.
    You fear the Devils more than the Leafs? I'd take NJ every day of the week over TOR. Toronto has more weapons than Jersey. I think the Bolts will be fine in round 1. Beyond that, I'm not sure how they'll do. I guess it depends on how well they play in round 1. @swamprat, I know they haven't played well for a couple weeks but I'd reserve judgment on their chances until you see how they come out of the gate for the playoffs. You may see a reenergized team.

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    IMO, the best first round series in the playoffs is Boston vs Toronto. The Leafs swept the season series but this will be a fun one to watch. I think the Kings will give the Golden Knights all they can handle and I see them advancing. The Ducks vs Sharks series should go the distance and will be one to keep a close eye on.

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    Here are my predictions:

    Eastern Conference Round 1
    Lightning over Devils in 6
    Leafs over Bruins in 6
    Capitals over Blue Jackets in 6
    Penguins over Flyers in 5

    Eastern Conference Round 2
    Lightning over Leafs in 7
    Capitals over Penguins in 6

    Eastern Conference Finals
    Capitals over Lightning in 6

    Western Conference Round 1
    Predators over Avalanche in 5
    Jets over Wild in 5
    Kings over Golden Knights in 7
    Sharks over Ducks in 7

    Western Conference Round 2
    Predators over Jets in 7
    Kings over Sharks in 6

    Western Conference Finals
    Predators over Kings in 6

    Stanley Cup Finals
    Predators over Capitals in 6

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    Stamkos will play tonight.

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    Lightning vs Devils. Speed vs speed.

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