Updated: Apr 13, 2009, 1:18 PM

Vote: NHL first-round matchups



Staal and the Hurricanes have a first-round date with the Devils.
The NHL playoffs are upon us, and it's time to begin the most grueling postseason tournament in sports.

The coming weeks will feature the best of the best on the ice, and the storylines are plenty. Which teams will get off on the right foot in the first round? You tell us.

Will Eric Staal (pictured) and the Hurricanes recapture the hot streak that abandonded them in the final two games of the regular season? 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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