Year of the Upset: Round One of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

DENVER - APRIL 11:  Jarrett Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates along with Alexander Frolov #24 after he deflected a slap shot by Matt Greene of the Kings past goalie Craig Anderson #41 of the Colorado Avalanche to tie the score 1-1 in the third period during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on April 11, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Kings defeated the Avalanche 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Mike MacDonaldCorrespondent IApril 13, 2010

This might be the year of the upset in the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Or not.


It came right down to the wire with some teams just getting into the playoffs. See the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens. As for teams like Washington and San Jose, just to name a few, they have been looking forward to this for more than a month now.


So, do some teams overlook their opponent at this time of year? Certainly they do! It will all change after that first face-off of Game One. All the drama and all the predictions go out the window once each series starts and we are left to ponder each play and each outcome.


Between now and April 28th we know that the playoff party will be cut in half. Do you think there will be any series going the full seven games? Will there be any sweeps? Will there be any shoot-outs? Wait...no shootouts. Just old fashion sudden death. That's for another article.


Enjoy these games and don't forgot to join a playoff pool!


First round winners—Eastern Conference


Habs in 7

Philadelphia in 6

Boston in 6

Pittsburgh in 6


First round winners—Western Conference


San Jose in 5

Chicago in 5

Los Angeles in 6

Detroit in 7



Leading scorers from round one—like it's that easy to predict


Kane Chicago 8 pts

Zetterberg Detroit 8 pts

Laich Washington 7 pts

Kopitar LA 7 pts

Briere Philadelphia 7 pts

Gomez Montreal 7pts

Marleau San Jose 6 pts



Good luck to all teams!

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