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NHL playoff predictions?

The NHL playoffs are underway, with some series going according to plan and others unfolding a little unexpectedly. Who will win each series? What are your picks for the later rounds?

Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 1-1)

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    71%
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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 1-1)

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      44%

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 1-1)

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 5,234)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Canadiens lead 3-0)

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      13%
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      87%

    Discuss (Total votes: 77)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Avalanche lead 2-0)

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      91%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 274)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Blues lead 2-0)

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      74%
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      26%

    Discuss (Total votes: 289)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Ducks lead 2-0)

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      89%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 255)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Sharks lead 2-0)

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      86%
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      14%

    Discuss (Total votes: 35)

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

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      17%
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      14%
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      32%
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      10%

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

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      44%
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      27%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 44,790)

  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

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      21%
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      16%
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      19%
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      15%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 45,103)

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

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      61%
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      13%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 19,734)

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

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      45%
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      16%
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      11%
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      28%

    Discuss (Total votes: 20,216)

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The old joke, "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out!" isn't going over as well anymore. In fact, a young hockey fan might not even get it. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke certainly isn't laughing. The former head disciplinarian for the NHL is upset that fighting is down and suspensions are up. He thinks self-policing is the way to go. Agree?


A change for the better?

Hockey is evolving and the speedy skaters with abundant skill are pushing out the intimidating enforcers with fists clenched. Is this a good thing?

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Last of the breed?

Brandon Prust and Zenon Konopka are tied with 11 fighting majors each which leads the league. Does that make either the best enforcer in the game?

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More fights means less punishment?

The NHL has been busy lately handing out suspensions for cheap shots. Burke believes making players back up their actions would cut down on punishable acts.

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We can understand if you don't want to take the time to grade your tech-support help on the other end of the telephone, but when we're talking about the dollars and emotion you've invested in sports, we think it's worth the effort. It's time for ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, in which SportsNation grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. Which team will end up on top this year? It depends on what you say.

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1. Los Angeles Angels (Overall: No. 3)
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5. Atlanta Braves (Overall: No. 15)

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1. New Orleans Saints (Overall: No. 1)
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1. Orlando Magic (Overall: No. 2)
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1. Pittsburgh Penguins (Overall: No. 5)
2. Detroit Red Wings (Overall: No. 8)
3. Washington Capitals (Overall: No. 11)
4. San Jose Sharks (Overall: No. 12)
5. Chicago Blackhawks (Overall: No. 16)

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It's just like the census, only this one is fun and doesn't come in the mail. And nobody from FOX News or MSNBC will yell at you about it. It's time for ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, in which SportsNation grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. Which team will end up on top this year? It depends on what you say.

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2009 MLB Ultimate Standings
1. Los Angeles Angels (Overall: No. 1)
2. Milwaukee Brewers (Overall: No. 7)
3. Tampa Bay Rays (Overall: No. 16)
4. Minnesota Twins (Overall: No. 23)
5. Philadelphia Phillies (Overall: No. 24)

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2009 NFL Ultimate Standings
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (Overall: No. 3)
2. Green Bay Packers (Overall: No. 13)
3. Indianapolis Colts (Overall: No. 14)
4. Tennessee Titans (Overall: No. 15)
5. New England Patriots (Overall: No. 19)

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers (Overall: No. 5)
2. San Antonio Spurs (Overall: No. 9)
3. New Orleans Hornets (Overall: No. 12)
4. Houston Rockets (Overall: No. 17)
5. Orlando Magic (Overall: No. 18)

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2009 NHL Ultimate Standings
1. Carolina Hurricanes (Overall: No. 2)
2. Detroit Red Wings (Overall: No. 4)
3. Washington Capitals (Overall: No. 6)
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (Overall: No. 8)
5. St. Louis Blues (Overall: No. 10)

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