2011 Playoffs Are Set

Ohhhh baby!!! Five games are set for Wednesday night and I cannot wait!! Although I was on the edge of my seat for the entire game this afternoon, I am glad that the Hawks eventually made it into the postseason. Something just wouldn’t feel right if the defending Cup champs weren’t there. It also means we’re all treated to another stellar meeting between them and their arch rival Canucks.

The NHL has announced the first round broadcast schedule (aka my personal heaven on a nightly basis). I will have my predictions out before things get under way, but I have to say that I love the mix of old and new matchups. Three of the eight series are first time matchups; Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, San Jose and LA and Anaheim and Nashville.

Last year’s first round only featured one familiar matchup since the lockout and it was one that everyone knew the outcome to; Ottawa vs Pittsburgh. 2011 is a lot different:

Washington vs NY Rangers- 2009, Caps won in seven

Philadelphia vs Buffalo- 2006, Sabres won in six

Boston vs Montreal- 2008, Habs won in seven
                                          2009, Bruins won in four

Vancouver vs Chicago- 2009, Hawks won in six
                                                2010, Hawks won in six

Detroit vs Phoenix- 2010, Wings won in seven

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