Stanley Cup Playoffs: First Round Predictions

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The time has finally arrived. The NHL regular season is over, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs — the best two months of sports in a calender year — are upon us. This year’s first round matchups feature classic contests between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks as well as a battle between two teams that haven’t met in the postseason since 1957 in Boston and Detroit.

While the true fun lays in watching the games unfold on the ice, it’s always fun to predict who will walk out with the victories.

Will Columbus win a playoff series, let alone a game, for the first time in franchise history? Can the Dallas Stars upset the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks? Scroll ahead to find out who I have moving on in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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