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Stanley Cup Playoffs Tonight


By Fred Wallace


The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight with 8 series commencing today, tomorrow or Friday.

The matchups in the East are; Washington-Montreal, Pittsburgh-Ottawa, Buffalo & Boston and New Jersey against Philadelphia.

In the West, the pairings are San Jose-Colorado, Phoenix-Detroit, Vancouver & the Kings plus Chicago-Nashville.

Here's my calls for Round 1.

Washington to beat Montreal. Montreal hasn't won the Stanley Cup for 17 YEARS !!

Pittsburgh over Ottawa in a series where style beats substance.

Buffalo over Boston primarily because the Bruins are less than healthy.

And New Jersey over Philadelphia in a series in which goals will be in short supply

In the West, the calls are;

Sharks over a youthful, but fading Colorado squad.

Detroit to score a minor upset of Phoenix.

The Kings to outlast Vancouver

& Chicago in short order over Nashville.

We'll see how the first round goes before I boldly predict Chicago-Buffalo in the Final.

I'm Fred Wallace

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