NHL Playoff Predictions: Breakdowns and Analysis for the First Round

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NHL Playoff Predictions: Breakdowns and Analysis for the First Round
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I'm a firm believer that the song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is traditionally reserved for the wrong time of the year. While Christmas is no doubt wonderful, we are now finally in the time of the year that hockey fans all over the world look forward to: the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Starting this Wednesday, 16 teams will begin what is sometimes called the "Second Season" in pursuit of hockey's ultimate prize. Four best-of-seven series await them, as well as an innumerable amount of bumps, bruises, and injuries.

This season has been one of the closest in history with standings positions being up-for-grabs until the final games. Now that the dust has settled, it's time to take a look at the hockey we'll be seeing for the next two weeks in the respective conference quarterfinals.

There's going to be a ton of these type of articles up on Bleacher Report, but here are my thoughts and predictions on the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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