The Stanley Cup playoffs start tonight. How great is that to say? While our Nashville Predators may have missed out on playoff hockey for the second consecutive season – I always find the playoffs to be a fun watch when you are a neutral. That said, boy are there some fun match-ups right in the first round.
The two high power opening round meetings that I am most looking forward to are the St. Louis Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks and then the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings. Each of those series should be gripping to watch and each will see a serious contender not reaching the second round. Were I to pick my winners from those series: Blackhawks in six games… Red Wings in seven games.
As for a personal Stanley Cup prediction – I think we could see the Anaheim Ducks against the Pittsburgh Penguins – with the Ducks winning in six games. If that were to happen, think of the perfect send off for Teemu Selanne to end his career on.
What are your predictions? Which match-ups excite you the most in the first round?