Updated: Apr 11, 2010, 8:04 PM

Vote: NHL First-Round Matchups

NHL playoffs

The Stanley Cup seedings are set, and it seems like it's anybody's game as the NHL playoffs kick off.

In the East, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are the presumptive favorites, having snagged a No. 1 seed with the best record in all of hockey. To get to the Stanley Cup finals, they may have to face off against Sidney Crosby and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who have a fight of their own against the Senators.

In the West, the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks are the two teams to beat, separated by a mere point in the standings. San Jose has a reputation of shrinking when the playoffs start; is this the year the Sharks shed that reputation?

Which team will win each first-round matchup? Cast your vote now!



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