2011 NHL Playoff Predictions: 4 Matchups Most Likely to Yield an Upset

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2011 NHL Playoff Predictions: 4 Matchups Most Likely to Yield an Upset
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The 2011 NHL playoffs have arrived, and the anticipation and nervous excitement has already begun to build. As with every postseason, fans and critics alike have started their analysis of who is the favorite from each conference to win the Stanley Cup.

Every year, there are vigorous debates on which lower-seeded teams might make an upset or which team could be the Cinderella story and go from relative obscurity to NHL champion.

Here, for your consideration, are four contests in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs which I believe are most likely to yield a victory for the underdog.

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