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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 Predictions

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The first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tomorrow.

The postseason is an exciting time as teams begin their quest to be the last one standing come early June.

Who will be hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2014?

There are plenty of teams with “Cup or Bust” aspirations, including the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks finished the regular season with a franchise-record 54 wins and won the Pacific Division for the second consecutive season. Anaheim will look to redeem itself against the Dallas Stars after bowing out to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round last season.

The Eastern Conference features the President’s Trophy winner Boston Bruins. The Bruins’ reward for having the best record? Playing the Detroit Red Wings in the first round. The Original Six matchup will be a highly contested series as the Red Wings come into the playoffs red-hot.

California will be a war zone as the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings will do battle in a rematch of last year’s playoff series. The Kings squeaked by the Sharks in seven games.

Patrick Roy leads a resurgent Colorado Avalanche squad that is making its’ first playoff appearance since the 2009-2010 season. The Avalanche will have to deal with the tandem of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter as the two Americans lead the Minnesota Wild into the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues will go against each other as the Blackhawks will get back Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews as they begin their Stanley Cup defense.

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins look to erase memories of last year’s embarrassing playoff exit when the Bruins swept them out of the Eastern Conference Finals. Pittsburgh will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.

As Canada’s lone team, the Montreal Canadiens will fly well south of the border for a visit with Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The New York Rangers hope that Martin St. Louis can find his scoring touch as they will entertain the Philadelphia Flyers in a tough first round matchup.

Who will advance?

The staff here at Pucks of a Feather give their predictions on who will move on from Round 1.

Pucks of a Feather Staff
Ducks vs. Stars
Avalanche vs. Wild
Blues vs. Blackhawks
Sharks vs. Kings
Josh PaulisinDucks in 6Avalanche in 6Blackhawks in 7Kings in 7
Sean McCaulleyDucks in 5Avalanche in 5Blackhawks in 6Kings in 7
Richard SpencerDucks in 6Avalanche in 6Blackhawks in 6Sharks in 7
Paul MillerDucks in 5Wild in 7Blackhawks in 6Sharks in 6
Joe McKernanDucks in 5Avalanche in 5Blackhawks in 4Sharks in 7
Mike WaltersDucks in 6Avalanche in 5Blackhawks in 5Sharks in 6
Pucks of a Feather Staff
Bruins vs. Red Wings
Penguins vs. Blue Jackets
Lightning vs. Canadiens
Rangers vs. Flyers
Josh PaulisinBruins in 5Penguins in 5Lightning in 7Flyers in 6
Sean McCaulleyRed Wings in 7Penguins in 5Lightning in 6 Rangers in 7
Richard SpencerBruins in 6Penguins in 6Canadiens in 6Flyers in 7
Paul MillerBruins in 7Penguins in 5Canadiens in 6Rangers in 7
Joe McKernanBruins in 5Penguins in 5Canadiens in 6Rangers in 7
Mike WaltersBruins in 6Penguins in 5Canadiens in 6Rangers in 5

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