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2014 Stanley Cup playoffs predictions: First round

Welcome to my seventh annual NHL Stanley Cup playoff predictions. This is the best time of the year for hockey fans. Well, maybe last weekend was better for Union hockey fans, but you get my drift.

For the next two months, it will be time for thrilling, bite-your-fingernails off playoff hockey. Playoff beards are in style. I would grow one but, 1) my wife won't let me and 2) it would be very spotty.

My goal this year is to correctly pick the Stanley Cup champion. I have gone 0-for-6. Can I break the jinx? We will find out in June.

Here are my first-round picks:

Eastern Conference
Detroit vs. Boston —
Boston in 5.
Columbus vs. Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh in 6.
Montreal vs. Tampa Bay — Tampa Bay in 6.
Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Rangers — Philadelphia in 6 (picking from heart, not head).

Western Conference
Minnesota vs. Colorado —
Colorado in 5.
Dallas vs. Anaheim — Anaheim in 4.
Chicago vs. St. Louis — Chicago in 6.
Los Angeles vs. San Jose — San Jose in 7.

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