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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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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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