NHL Round 1

Time for NHL 1st Round to begin. As a lot of people will do time for predictions. I have to say this season is one I hardly paid attention too. The great Golden Gaels Football run distracted me at the start of the season. Plus there was too many games crammed into a shorter period of time before the Olympic break. Games I saw seemed flat. That’s not even going into the fact there are 82 games a season. Too many. And a record amount of games ending a shootout which I hate. Like a NBA game ending with free throws.

But no more crappy shootouts. Overtime as long as need be.

Start with the Eastern Conference. Washington vs Montreal. I’ll go with Captials in 5. Habs last week played badly ending with a loss to Toronto. They got in because they went into overtime which means automatic point. Another reason the OT rules in NHL are dumb. You get rewarded for losing? Brilliant.

New Jersey vs Philadelphia. Devils in 5. Philly snuck in on a shootout win so I have to go with NJ.

Buffalo vs Boston. Sabres in 6. Boston might fight for a while. Sabres have Mr. USA Olypmic goalie in Ryan Miller. My team’s the Bruins and we get the Leafs pick tonight. So if they lose in the 1st round it’s not that bad.

Pittsburgh vs Ottawa. Penguins in 4. Pens swept them last time Ottawa was in the playoffs. Ottawa got older and Pens have won a Cup since then. No confidence in Ottawa.

Out west we start off with San Jose vs Colorado. Avalanche in 7. San Jose, the San Diego Chargers of the NHL. Choke every year. Yet hockey experts will pick them to win the entire thing. Although they can’t even get to the last game of the year. San Diego = San Jose.

Chicago vs Nashville. Blackhawks in 6. Chicago got some good experience last year so they should handle the Preds.

Vancouver vs Los Angeles. Canucks in 7. I can see L.A. winning this. Luongo didn’t win the medal for Canada but he didn’t lose it for them either. I still remember Game 7 last year against Chicago where he let in 6 goals and cried after. That was in Round 2 however.

Phoenix vs Detroit. Wings in 6. Detroit looked like they might miss the playoffs for a while. Woke up though and got a 5 seed. Is there any home advantage in Arizona? I don’t think so.

And from another blog, Awful Announcing the entire 1st round schedule. Including what station you catch the games on in the US and Canada.

http://awfulannouncing.blogspot.com/2010/04/your-opening-round-nhl-playoffs.html

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Washington Capital vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens

Thursday, April 15th – Game One, Montreal at Washington (VERSUS/TSN, 7pm)
Saturday, April 17th – Game Two, Montreal at Washington (VERSUS/TSN, 7pm)
Monday, April 19th – Game Three, Washington at Montreal (TSN, 7pm)
Wednesday, April 21st – Game Four, Washington at Montreal (TSN, 7pm)
*Friday, April 23rd – Game Five, Montreal at Washington (VERSUS/TSN, 7pm)
*Monday, April 26th – Game Six, Washington at Montreal (VERSUS/TSN, 7pm)
*Wednesday, April 28th – Game Game Seven, Montreal at Washington (TSN, TBD)

#2 New Jersey Devils vs. #7 Philadelphia Flyers
Wednesday, April 14th – Game One, Philadelphia at New Jersey (TSN, 7:30pm)
Friday, April 16th – Game Two, Philadelphia at New Jersey (TSN, 7:30pm)
Sunday, April 18th – Game Three, New Jersey at Philadelphia (TSN, 6pm)
Tuesday, April 20th – Game Four, New Jersey at Philadelphia (TSN2, 7:30pm)
*Thursday, April 22nd – Game Five, Philadelphia at New Jersey (TSN, 7pm)
*Sunday, April 25th – Game Six, New Jersey at Philadelphia (TSN, TBD)
*Tuesday, April 27th – Game Seven, Philadelphia at New Jersey (TSN, 7:30pm)

#3 Buffalo Sabres vs. #6 Boston Bruins

Thursday, April 15th – Game One, Boston at Buffalo (CBC, 7pm)
Saturday, April 17th – Game Two, Boston at Buffalo (NBC/CBC, 1pm)
Monday, April 19th – Game Three, Buffalo at Boston (VERSUS/CBC, 7pm)
Wednesday, April 21st – Game Four, Buffalo at Boston (VERSUS/CBC, 7pm)
*Friday, April 23rd – Game Five, Boston at Buffalo (CBC, 7pm)
*Monday, April 26th – Game Six, Buffalo at Boston (CBC, 7pm)
*Wednesday, April 28th – Game Seven, Boston at Buffalo (CBC, 7pm)

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Ottawa Senators

Wednesday, April 14th – Game One, Ottawa at Pittsburgh (VERSUS/CBC, 7pm)
Friday, April 16th – Game Two, Ottawa at Pittsburgh (VERSUS/CBC, 7pm)
Sunday, April 18th – Game Three, Pittsburgh at Ottawa (CBC/VERSUS, 6:30pm)
Tuesday, April 20th – Game Four, Pittsburgh at Ottawa (CBC/VERSUS, 7pm)
*Thursday, April 22nd – Game Five, Ottawa at Pittsburgh (VERSUS/CBC, 7pm)
*Saturday, April 24th – Game Six, Pittsburgh at Ottawa (CBC/VERSUS, 7pm)
*Tuesday, April 27th – Game Seven, Ottawa at Pittsburgh (CBC, 7pm)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Colorado Avalanche

Wednesday, April 14th – Game One, Colorado at San Jose (VERSUS/CBC, 10:30pm)
Friday, April 16th – Game Two, Colorado at San Jose (VERSUS/CBC, 10:30pm)
Sunday, April 18th – Game Three, San Jose at Colorado (VERSUS/CBC, 9:30pm)
Tuesday, April 20th – Game Four, San Jose at Colorado (VERSUS/CBC, 10pm)
*Thursday, April 22nd – Game Five, Colorado at San Jose (VERSUS/CBC, 10:30pm)
*Saturday, April 24th – Game Six, San Jose at Colorado (CBC, TBD)
*Monday, April 26th – Game Seven, Colorado at San Jose (CBC, TBD)

#2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #7 Nashville Predators

Friday, April 16th – Game One, Nashville at Chicago (VERSUS/TSN2, 8:30pm)
Sunday, April 18th – Game Two, Nashville at Chicago (VERSUS/TSN, 8:30pm)
Tuesday, April 20th – Game Three, Chicago at Nashville (VERSUS/TSN, 9pm)
Thursday, April 22nd – Game Four, Chicago at Nashville (VERSUS/TSN2, 8:30pm)
*Saturday, April 24th – Game Five, Nashville at Chicago (NBC/TSN, 3pm)
*Monday, April 26th – Game Six, Chicago at Nashville (TSN, TBD)
*Wednesday, April 28th – Game Seven, Nashville at Chicago (TSN, TBD)

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 Los Angeles Kings

Thursday, April 15th – Game One, Los Angeles at Vancouver (CBC/VERSUS, 10pm)
Saturday, April 17th – Game Two, Los Angeles at Vancouver (CBC/VERSUS, 10pm)
Monday, April 19th – Game Three, Vancouver at Los Angeles (CBC/VERSUS, 10pm)
Wednesday, April 21st – Game Four, Vancouver at Los Angeles (CBC/VERSUS, 10pm)
*Friday, April 23rd – Game Five, Los Angeles at Vancouver (CBC, 10pm)
*Sunday, April 25th – Game Six, Vancouver at Los Angeles (CBC/VERSUS, TBD)
*Tuesday, April 27th – Game Seven, Los Angeles at Vancouver (CBC, TBD)

#4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #5 Detroit Red Wings

Wednesday, April 14th – Game One, Detroit at Phoenix (VERSUS/TSN, 10pm)
Friday, April 16th – Game Two, Detroit at Phoenix (VERSUS/TSN, 10pm)
Sunday, April 18th – Game Three, Phoenix at Detroit (NBC/TSN, 3pm)
Tuesday, April 20th – Game Four, Phoenix at Detroit (TSN, 6:30pm)
*Friday, April 23rd – Game Five, Detroit at Phoenix (VERSUS/TSN, 10pm)
*Sunday, April 25th – Game Six, Phoenix at Detroit (NBC/TSN, 2pm)
*Tuesday, April 27th – Game Seven, Detroit at Phoenix (TSN, TBD)

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