The NHL will release the playoff schedule shortly, but in the mean time here are the matchups for you to digest:
San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche – The Colorado Avalanche barely squeeked into the second season, but they are facing the San Jose Sharks in the first round. San Jose is notorious for choking in the playoffs despite regular season success. Sabrenoise pic: San Jose in 7.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators – Its nice to see expansion teams finally breaking into the post season, adding a little bit of parody to the NHL playoffs, but the first round is all Nashville will see this year. It is going to take a powerhouse to knock the determined Blackhawks out of contention. Sabrenoise pick: Chicago in 5.
Los Angeles Kings vs Vancouver Canucks - The LA Kings finally return to the post season, but I think it is going to take a little more building to get this team out of the first round, plus the Canucks are gaining momentum every season. Sabrenoise pic: Vancouver in 6.
Detroit Red Wings vs Phoenix Coyotes – a dynasty versus the team that had nothing to lose this season. This is probably the toughest matchup to call, do you go with history, or the team playing like they don’t have a care in the world? Sabrenoise pick: Detroit in 6.
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