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NHL playoff predictions?

The first round of the NHL playoffs is well underway, with some series over and others staying close to the end. What are your predictions?

Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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Big moves made at NHL deadline

The 2014 NHL trade deadline was reliably active, with a number of deals going down not long before the 3 p.m. ET cutoff. Among the biggest: The Montreal Canadiens acquired left wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders; the Los Angeles Kings grabbed right wing Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets; and, in a deal involving two potentially playoff-bound parties, the New York Rangers acquired right wing Martin St. Louis -- who had requested a trade -- and sent right wing Ryan Callahan and two high draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which was the biggest deal? Which team will fare best down the stretch? Who wins it all?

  • Which was the biggest move Wednesday?

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  • How much of an impact will Thomas Vanek have on the Canadiens down the stretch and in the playoffs?

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  • How much of an impact will Marian Gaborik have on the Kings down the stretch and in the playoffs?

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  • What do you make of the deal that sent Martin St. Louis to the Rangers and sent Ryan Callahan and two draft picks (2014 second-rounder, 2015 first-rounder) to the Lightning?

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  • Which team involved in a big trade Wednesday will fare the best in the playoffs?

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  • Which team will win the Stanley Cup?

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