Calgary is riding a wave of emotion, but injury problems and San Jose's timely power play should help the Sharks overcome the Flames.
The Flames are coming off a grueling series and the Red Wings are fresh, just one of the reasons Detroit should make easy work of Calgary.
Colorado had a lot of doubters coming into the playoffs, but that motivation should help carry the Avs past San Jose.
Dallas had the best goalie in the Western Conference in Marty Turco, but even that might not be enough to overcome Colorado.
Contrasting styles meet in a first-round series that should go down to the wire.
San Jose has the goaltending, balance and chemistry to up-end St. Louis in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Red Wings' experience and leadership should carry them past the Predators in the first round.