2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Ideal First Round Matchups

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2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Ideal First Round Matchups
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With the playoffs less than a week away, hockey fans around the world are beginning to see the possibilities of a historic first round. There have been so many great stories this season as a handful of teams have been resurrected from the dead and will now have chances to play for the greatest trophy in sports: the Stanley Cup.

At this point, the picture is clearing up a little bit with 12 teams already clinching berths, but many different scenarios can still happen in terms of seeding.

Let's take a look at the scenarios that could create possibly the most exciting first round of playoffs in NHL history.

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