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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 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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Game 7s in the NHL

The NHL playoffs have featured a fair number of Game 7s this season, with two more this week heading into the Western Conference finals. The Sharks take on the Kings in Los Angeles after forcing a Game 7, while the Blackhawks edged out a win in Detroit to take the Red Wings to the brink. Which teams will prevail? Has the NHL's postseason been better than the NBA's?

  • Which team will win Game 7 of the Blackhawks-Red Wings Western Conference semifinals?

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  • Which league has the best Game 7s?

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  • Which team are you rooting for in Kings-Sharks Game 7?

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  • Which postseason has been more exciting so far?

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How do you judge a Bruins team that found itself down three goals in the third period of a Game 7 only to win in overtime? That's just one of the challenges you face below. Click on the images of the eight teams remaining in the quest for Lord Stanley's Cup to set your power rankings heading into the next round.

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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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