A decade-plus and so many tales later, the final series to get underway in this season's first round is New Jersey opening at Florida -- each of whom missed last year's playoffs. Whatever you think of Dale Tallon's offseason moves in a weak division, seeing fans get playoff hockey back after so long in the desert is pretty cool.
Consider this the evening playoff thread (including if you're keeping tabs on Bridgeport).
Note that this series is the redheaded stepchild, getting bumped to NHL Network in the U.S. while NBC channels carry the more glamorous ones. Anyway, vote your view on this series in the poll below.
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Going by our polls so far (links to each are below), the plurality of voters at this site have Blues over Sharks in 6, Predators over Red Wings in 6, Senators over Rangers in 7 (hope?), Hawks over Coyotes in 6, Flyers over Penguins in 7, and Canucks over Kings in 6.
We'll update results and majorities when all the polls close (before each series reaches Game 2).
You know how this works by now: Vote in the poll, but in comments you can leave your explanation for who you want to win and who you think will win.
Head Says: Devils in 6.
Heart Says: Panthers in 7.
Devils-Panthers TV Schedule
Panthers. Devils. Who you got, and in how many?