Quarterfinal playoff predictions.

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It’s Day 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the sheer amusement of dear readers, my predictions along with those of some trusted colleagues:

 

Eastern Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Capitals over No. 8 Rangers in 5 games

No. 7 Sabres over No. 2 Flyers in 6 games

No. 3 Bruins over No. 6 Canadiens in 5 games

No. 4 Penguins over No. 5 Lightning in 7 games

Western conference quarterfinals

No. 8 Blackhawks over No. 1 Canucks in 6 games

No. 2 Sharks over No. 7 Kings in 6 games

No. 6 Coyotes over No. 3 Red Wings in 6 games

No. 4 Ducks over No. 5 Predators in 7 games

Stanley Cup Final

No. 4 Ducks over No. 3 Bruins in 6 games

Playoff MVP: Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks

Craig Custance, Sporting News

Eastern Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Capitals over No. 8 Rangers in 5 games

No. 2 Flyers over No. 7 Sabers in 7 games

No. 3 Bruins over No. 6 Canadiens in 6 games

No. 5 Lightning over No. 4 Penguins in 7 games

Western Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Canucks over No. 8 Blackhawks in 6 games

No. 2 Sharks over No. 7 Kings in 4 games

No. 6 Coyotes over No. 3 Red Wings in 7 games

No. 4 Ducks over No. 5 Predators in 7 games

Stanley Cup Final

No. 1 Canucks over No. 2 Flyers in 7 games

Playoff MVP: Ryan Kesler, Canucks

Nicholas Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports

Eastern Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Capitals over No. 8 Rangers in 6 games

No. 7 Sabres over No. 2 Flyers in 7 games

No. 3 Bruins over No. 3 Canadiens in 5 games

No. 5 Lightning over No. 4 Penguins in 6 games

Western Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Canucks over No. 8 Blackhawks in 6 games

No. 2 Sharks over No. 7 Kings in 5 games

No. 3 Red Wings over No. 6 Coyotes in 6 games

No. 5 Predators over No. 4 Ducks in 7 games

Bucky Gleason, Buffalo News

Eastern Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Capitals over No. 8 Rangers in 5 games

No. 7 Sabres over No. 2 Flyers in 6 games

No. 3 Bruins over No. 6 Canadiens in 5 games

No. 4 Penguins over No. 5 Lightning in 7 games

“Hey, exactly the same there, games and all,” Gleason said. “FYI: You agreeing with me is bad for you.”

Western Conference quarterfinals

No. 1 Canucks over No. 5 Blackhawks in 5 games

No. 2 Sharks over No. 7 Kings in 6 games

No. 6 Coyotes over No. 3 Red Wings in 6 games

No. 4 Ducks over No. 5 Predators in 6 games

Stanley Cup Final

No. 1 Canucks over No. 3 Bruins

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