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Stanley Cup 1st Round Playoff Previews

April 9, 2008

Bar none … the single most difficult championship to win in North American Professional Sports.

 

Seed

 

Team

Series

Line

Win Conf.

Line

Win Cup

Line

 

What to Watch For

Eastern Conference Match-ups

 

8

 

Boston Bruins

 

+279

 

+2020 (#8)

 

+4242 (#15)

 

When these two old rivals meet in the Spring … it’s almost a given which one is going to advance. Another rookie goalie for Montreal. Could it be …

 

1

 

Montreal Canadiens

 

-309

 

+294 (#2)

 

+811 (#3)

 

 

5

 

New York Rangers

 

-119

 

+827 (#4)

 

+1419 (#6)

 

The Blue-shirts are the fashionable pick to make some noise this year. Always a war when these two meet. Brodeur vs Lundqvist should be a dousy

 

4

 

New Jersey Devils

 

+109

 

+791 (#3)

 

+1655 (#8)

 

 

7

 

Ottawa Senators

 

+233

 

+853 (#6)

 

+1892 (#9)

 

Fleury & Conklin are still big question marks for the Pens but, with no Alfredsson & Fisher, the Sens are going to struggle to score.

 

2

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

 

-253

 

+265 (#1)

 

+836 (#1)

 

 

6

 

Philadelphia Flyers

 

+130

 

+1107 (#7)

 

+2786 (#13)

 

The Caps have their mojo going big-time, right now, led by Ovechkin, Federov. & Huet. Flyers have been going in reverse since the All-star game.

 

3

 

Washington Capitals

 

-140

 

+834 (#5)

 

+1471 (#7)

Western Conference Match-ups

 

8

 

Nashville Predators

 

+444

 

+3525 (#8)

 

+6060 (#16)

 

Red Wings at the head of the class, again. Will go as far as Hasek can take them. Preds just happy to still be playing games in April.

 

1

 

Detroit Red Wings

 

–484

 

+164 (#1)

 

+368 (#1)

 

 

5

 

Dallas Stars

 

+178

 

+1416 (#6)

 

+2199 (#11)

 

Stars could give the Ducks a tussle in the early going. Anaheim played possum for much of the year. Ducks ‘Defensive Corps’ is the league’s best.

 

4

 

Anaheim Ducks

 

-191

 

+478 (#3)

 

+817 (#4)

 

 

7

 

Calgary Flames

 

+260

 

+1621 (#7)

 

+2800 (#14)

 

Echoes of past playoff failures very real for the Sharks vs a tough veteran crew that’s played this tune before. Kiprusoff vs Nabokov will decide it.

 

2

 

San Jose Sharks

 

-280

 

+333 (#2)

 

+481 (#2)

 

 

6

 

Colorado Avalanche

 

-101

 

+1177 (#4)

 

+2222 (#12)

 

A rock-em sock’em defensive affair that should see a series of one-goal decisions, either way. Will be decided by Penalty Kills & Power Plays.

 

3

 

Minnesota Wild

 

-109

 

+1239 (#5)

 

+2055 (#10)

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