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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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?