Updated: Apr 20, 2006, 6:45 PM

Vote: NHL first-round matchups

The NHL playoffs are upon us and it's time to begin the most grueling postseason tournament in sports.

Six teams topped 100 points during the regular season but that means little in the playoffs, where hot goalies and critical mistakes can send even the hottest teams home early. Which teams will get off on the right foot in the first round? You tell us.

Will Steve Yzerman (pictured) and the Red Wings take the first step toward their fourth Stanley Cup since 1997? Do any of the No. 7 or No. 8 seeds stand a chance? Which teams will come out on top in the intriguing 4-5 matchups?

Vote now and see how your picks compare with the rest of SportsNation's!

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