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2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round

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The NHL playoffs are here, and the annual playoff Pick ‘Em is back. And it should be a good one this year with the Wildcard format leading to divisional match-ups in the first two rounds, except for Wildcard Dallas shifting over to the Pacific Division. East newcomers Detroit and Columbus face tough challenges as Wildcard teams themselves.

In our Pick ‘Em, four of the eight series have unanimous winners selected, though most series look to be tightly contested. New York and Philadelphia was the hardest series to choose, though defending champion Chicago will have a difficult contest against St Louis.

Scoring in the Pick ‘Em is as follows:

  • Correctly picking the winner of a series is worth two points.
  • Correctly picking how many games a series will last is worth one point.

And with that out of the way, complete picks for the first round are below. Updated results will be posted when the first round is complete.

Name John Josh KC Matthew Nick B Nick G Tim H Tim W
Bruins vs
Red Wings
Winner Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins
5 6 7 6 5 5 6 6
Lightning vs
Winner Lightning Canadiens Canadiens Canadiens Canadiens Canadiens Canadiens Canadiens
7 7 6 7 7 7 6 6
Penguins vs
Blue Jackets
Winner Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins
4 5 5 5 6 6 5 5
Rangers vs
Winner Rangers Rangers Rangers Flyers Flyers Rangers Rangers Flyers
7 6 6 6 7 7 7 7
Ducks vs
Winner Ducks Ducks Ducks Ducks Ducks Ducks Ducks Ducks
5 5 6 7 5 4 5 5
Sharks vs
Winner Kings Kings Kings Kings Kings Kings Kings Kings
7 6 6 6 7 6 4 7
Avalanche vs
Winner Avalanche Avalanche Wild Avalanche Avalanche Avalanche Avalanche Avalanche
5 7 5 7 6 5 4 6
Blues vs
Winner Blackhawks Blues Blackhawks Blues Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhakws
6 7 6 7 7 7 7 7

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