In less than a day, the Stanley Cup playoffs will be upon us.
For some fans, it is a bitter reminder of a season that could have been.
For others, it's the anticipated start of a long awaited postseason.
Whether your team made the cut or fell out of the running, this is what the NHL is all about. This is the reason we've watched the previous 82 games. This is the road to the Stanley Cup.
Every round of the playoffs is filled with excitement, energy and emotion. As it stands, the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs looks to hold some intense matchups.
The following are my predictions for each series in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.