Playoffs...You're talking Playoffs?

The 2010-2011 NHL regular season has officially come to an end, and the playoff schedules have been set. Here is how we think the playoff race will shake out.

 

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Matchups:

(1)   Washington Capitals vs. (8) New York Rangers

(2)   Philadelphia Flyers vs. (7) Buffalo Sabres

(3)   Boston Bruins vs. (6) Montreal Canadiens

(4)   Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning

 

Western Conference Quarterfinal Matchups:

(1)   Vancouver Canucks vs. (8) Chicago Blackhawks

(2)   San Jose Sharks vs. (7) Los Angeles Kings

(3)   Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Phoenix Coyotes

(4)   Anaheim Ducks vs. (5) Nashville Predators

 

Eastern Conference Semifinals Matchups:

(1)   Washington Capitals vs. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning

(2)   Philadelphia Flyers vs. (3) Boston Bruins

 

Western Conference Semifinals Matchups:

(1)   Vancouver Canucks vs. (7) Los Angeles Kings

(2)   Detroit Red Wings vs. (5) Nashville Predators

 

Conference Finals Matchups:

(2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning

(1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (2) Detroit Red Wings

 

Stanley Cup Finals Matchup:

(5)   Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (2) Detroit Red Wings

 

Stanley Cup Winner: Detroit Red Wings

 

How do you think the 2011 NHL playoffs will finish out?

 

 

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This Day in History

                       

Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One", is known for being one of the best players in the history of the NHL.  In fact, he has even been referred to as "the greatest hockey player ever" by numerous sportswriters and players. On November 23, 1988, Wayne Gretzky scored his 600th goal playing for the Los Angeles Kings.  The Kings were victorious in this game, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 8-3. 

                        

Gretzky is known for saying, "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great player hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." And this is exactly how The Great One played. Adept at dodging checks from opposing players, he could consistently anticipate where the puck is going to be and execute the right move at the right time.  He became known for setting up behind the net, an area that was nicknamed "Gretzky's office" because of his skills in that location.

Throughout his career, Gretzky played for the Indianapolis Racers, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and the New York Rangers. Upon his retirement on April 18, 1999, he held forty regular season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star records.  He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season - a feat he accomplished four times.

Gretzky's jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League.  On November 22, 1999, The Great One was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  

                          

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