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.
The more times have changed, the more New Jersey's Scott Stevens has remained the same.
The Lightning look like the best team in the Southeast Division.
The Canucks look like the best team in the deep Northwest division.
While adjusting to their own end, NHL defensemen are finding openings at the other.
Slowly but surely, players and coaches are changing their way of thinking.
The new 18-second, hurry-up face off rule has been a success.
For some NHL defensemen, reaching greatness is just a matter of time.
ESPN's Brian Engblom says strength and flair helped former teammate Rod Langway earn Hall of Fame induction.
Scotty Bowman retires as the best coach in NHL history, not just for his nine Cups, but for the era he won them in.