At the end of the regular season we saw two teams, the Dallas Stars and the Carolina Hurricanes, miss out on their chance of making the playoffs by losing their final game of the season. Ultimately succumbing to the pressure that trying to make the playoffs undoubtedly brings.
The sixteen playoff positions represent a chance to win Lord Stanley's Cup. The pressure to win is sometimes unbearable. Favorites don't meet expectations, and underdogs exceed them. Playoff hockey is exciting, physical, and fast paced; and we get to see the players lay it all on the line for a chance at immortality.
I would like to preface that this piece is purely my opinion, and is entirely up for debate.
So here are my predictions for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Enjoy!