Updated: Apr 8, 2007, 11:36 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.

Eleven teams topped 100 points during the regular season, seven in the West alone, 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 Daniel Briere (pictured) and the Sabres make up for last season's Game 7 exit in the Eastern Conference finals? 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!

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