There is the classic rivalry between Boston and Montreal. Then the game's top player, Alexander Ovechkin, will be playing in the media capital of the world - New York. And there are three good regional showdowns: Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh in another battle of Pennsylvania; San Jose vs. Anaheim in the first Battle of California since 1969; and Detroit vs. Columbus.
Here is a break down of the first round series'.
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Here's your first round game and television schedule.
I think it is pretty wide open this year. With good health and couple of breaks, I would not be surprised by any team making it to the Stanley Cup finals.
I do not like making predictions at the best of times. If I can make up my mind today, I will make my prediction (also known to the team I choose as the kiss of death) on Wednesday morning!
In the meantime let me know what you think. Post your thoughts in the comments.