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If the playoffs started RIGHT NOW...Round 1

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Too bad the playoffs didn't start right now. But IF they did, here is what the playoff picture would look like, as well as my ever-so-ballsy round-by-round predictions:

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Round 1

1. Buffalo vs Toronto. Would be a hell of a series, with the Sabres coming out on top in 5.

2. Atlanta vs Carolina. With all of the Cane's depth and playoff experience, I pick the Canes in 4.

3. New Jersey vs Ottawa. The Devils are hot and the Sens are not. Devils in 5.

4. Canadiens vs NY Rangers. The Habs are sick and slumping, but manage to steal this one in 7 games.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Round 1

1. Anaheim vs. Minnesota. Sure, Pronger is hurt, and the Ducks are slumping, but I'd pick the Ducks to win this one in 5 anyway, wouldn't you?

2. Nashville vs Calgary. The Flamers suck on the road, and the Preds are ready with Vokoun this time. The Preds would win this one in a sweep!

3. Vancouver vs Dallas. With injuries to Morrow, Modano, and Zubov, and the Canucks being red hot, the Canucks lay the pathetic Stars to rest in 5, because Luongo has one bad game.....

4. San Jose vs Detroit. This one would be a tough call. I'd have to roll the dice and pick the Sharks in 7 games, because the Wings don't have playoff wizards Yzerman and Shanahan anymore.

Anyone disagree? Comment away!

Round 2 tomorrow.