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NHL playoff predictions?

The matchups for the 2014 NHL playoffs are set, and they could get epic. The Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston Bruins will take on the Detroit Red Wings, who scraped into the playoffs but are still, you know, the Red Wings. The defending-champion Chicago Blackhawks will take on the rival St. Louis Blues. The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings will meet in an intrastate battle. And Broadway vs. Broad Street is back when the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers square off. Who will win each series? What are your picks for the later rounds?

Which team will win this first-round matchup?

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

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  • Which will be the best first-round series in the NHL playoffs?

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

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  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

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  • Which of the four division winners has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup?

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  • Which non-division winner has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup?

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A year ago, the Montreal Canadiens reigned over all in the Uni Watch Power Rankings. This time around? The St. Louis Cardinals are on top. Do you agree? Click on the logos below to set your top 25!

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The Original Six still rule in the Uni Watch Power Rankings, with the Montreal Canadiens taking the top spot and four more members finding footing in the top six. Do you agree? Or should some newbies take the higher places? Click the logos to set your rankings!

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Did someone want bonus hockey?

The Rangers won the Winter Classic after Henrik Lundqvist stopped a late Flyers penalty shot. John Tortorella, Rangers coach, called the officiating "disgusting," but did you see a conspiracy?

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Winter Classic losing any luster?

This was the NHL's fifth Winter Classic, not counting two Heritage Classic games in Canada over the years. Do you crave more outdoor hockey, or is the novelty fading?

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Where should it go next?

Sorry, Toronto, Montreal and every other place north of the border, we're following the NHL's lead and limiting the options to places like Michigan Stadium in the United States.

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Were these the best in the East?

You can chime in with your complete NHL Power Rankings for this week here, but will the Eastern Conference title go through one of these teams?

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Hockey has had two unfortunate incidents recently involving racist and homophobic behavior. The Flyers' Wayne Simmonds had a banana thrown at him during a game on Sunday, and now, he's being accused of calling Sean Avery a homophobic slur. Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke thinks the league should take action against Simmonds if he said what he's accused of saying, but what's your take?

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A fine or suspension?

Wayne Simmonds said he was provoked by Sean Avery earlier in the game. He wouldn't be the first one to be riled by Avery's actions, but does that mean he should be free from punishment for his alleged slur?

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