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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Stanley Cup Playoffs - 2010

It is that time of year again, the Stanley Cup playoffs are here. What will this years playoffs bring compared to last years exciting showcase? Will we see a team come out of no where and go deep like the Carolina Hurricanes of last year? Will we see a rematch of Crosby vs Ovechkin, playoff style? Heck, will we see a third rematch for the Stanley Cup?

These questions, and more, will start to get some answers Wednesday when the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, face off against one of the surprise teams in the East, the Ottawa Senators. Puck drop is 7:00 PM East on CBC for Canadian viewers and Versus for us Americans.

Since the Florida Panthers are off playing golf we here at SSH will be following the playoffs in detail, so check back everyday for updates.

Starting off our playoff coverage will be my personal predictions for the first round. Feel free to voice your predictions as well on SSH's facebook page.

Eastern Conference

#1 Washington Capitals vs #8 Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens have to be a little angry since the Flyers knocked them out of 7th place, forcing them to play the high powered Washington offense. The strong goaltending tandem of Price and Halak will try their best, but they will be no match for Ovechkin and the Caps.

Capitals take series 4-0.

#2 New Jersey Devils vs #7 Philadelphia Flyers

Philly won an exciting game against the New York Rangers to make it to the post season, but with the lack of goaltending and Marty Brodeur on the other side, the Flyers will not last long in the post season.

Devils take series 4-0.

#3 Buffalo Sabres vs # 6 Boston Bruins

Ryan Miller was spectacular in the Olympics, so it is a no brainer to expect him to be spectacular in the playoffs. The Bruins will put up a solid fight, but it will be the Sabres who come out on top, because of the play of Ryan Miller and the inexperience of Tukka Rask.

Sabres take series 4-3.

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #5 Ottawa Senators

Crosby added a new aspect to his game this season, becoming a 50 goal scorer and winning the Richard with co-winner Steven Stamkos. The Senators are the surprise team in the East this year, so look for them to put up a fight. But, with the loss of Alex Kovalev and the inexperience of Brian Elliott the Senators playoff hopes will fade out in the first round.

Penguins take series 4-2.

Look for SSH's Western Conference playoff Predictions tomorrow. If you have any comments or questions please post them on SSH's facebook page or E-mail me at