The 2009-2010 NHL season started off with 30 teams, we are down to the final 16.
Eight will represent the Western Conference and eight will represent the Eastern Conference.
The Eastern Conference Representatives are as follows, Capitals, Devils, Sabers, Penguins, Canadians, Flyers, Bruins and Ottawa.
The Western Conference boasts the Black Hawks, Sharks, Canucks, Predators, Redwings, Avalanche, Kings and Coyotes.
The Match ups are as follows in the East: The heavy favorites number one seeded Washington Capitals vs the eight seeded Montreal Canadians, Number two seeded New Jersey Devils vs the Number seven seeded Philadelphia Flyers, number three seeded Buffalo Sabers vs the numbers six seeded Boston Bruins and the number four seeded Pittsburgh Penguins vs the number five seeded Ottawa Senators.
Puck Video Predictions in the first round. Washington Capitals in five games, Philadelphia Flyers in seven games, Buffalo Sabers in six games and the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games as well.
Heading off to the west the repeat number one seeded San Jose Sharks will face the Colorado Avalanche, number two Chicago Black Hawks and the number seven seeded Nashville Predators will tangle, the number three seeded Vancouver Cancuks and the sixth seeded Los Angles Kings and the number four seeded Phoenix Coyotes will face the defending Western Conference Champions number five seed the Detroit Redwings.
Some good match ups in the West, But expect the San Jose Sharks to avenge their early check out from last season with a sweep over the Avalanche, Black Hawks will get by the Predators in five games, and now the good ones. The Kings and Cancuks will go to seven games with the home field advantage going the Cancuks way. The Redwings have been the hottest team in the league since the Winter Break, expect them to beat the upbeat Coyotes in six games.
So there you have it the round one match up for the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup playoffs with the predictions. We'll see you in round two but you'll see us before that as we'll have all game highlights posted on puck video.
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