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2013 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks

Toronto has gone nearly half a century without a Stanley Cup; will they be able to get through a stacked Eastern Conference to get another? (ared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The playoffs are upon us, and there are plenty of good match-ups. Boston backed into the postseason and faces Toronto, who you don’t usually see in May. The Blackhawks and Penguins easily solidified their positions. Ottawa barely avoided Pittsburgh in the first round, while Minnesota is just happy to be in, winning a tiebreaker over Columbus.

All of that mix made for some interesting choices for our expert panel. Aside from the two #1/#8 series, only Boston and Toronto had a unanimous winner in all pick sets. And whoever got the nod in their series, St Louis and Los Angeles look to be the most fun to watch, with everyone but one choosing the series to go a full seven games.

As usual, correctly guessing the winner of a series is worth two points, while guessing how many games a series will last is worth one point.

So now that everything is underway, be sure to check below for everyone’s picks, and check back for the results after the first round is complete.

Name Brian John KC Nick Taylor
Penguins vs
Islanders
Winner Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins Penguins
Series
Length
6 4 4 5 5
Canadiens vs
Senators
Winner Senators Canadiens Canadiens Senators Canadiens
Series
Length
7 6 5 6 6
Capitals vs
Rangers
Winner Rangers Capitals Capitals Capitals Rangers
Series
Length
5 5 6 7 7
Bruins vs
Maple Leafs
Winner Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins Bruins
Series
Length
6 5 7 5 6
Blackhawks vs
Wild
Winner Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks
Series
Length
5 4 5 4 5
Ducks vs
Red Wings
Winner Red Wings Ducks Red Wings Ducks Ducks
Series
Length
5 5 6 6 7
Canucks vs
Sharks
Winner Sharks Sharks Sharks Sharks Canucks
Series
Length
6 6 6 7 5
Blues vs
Kings
Winner Kings Blues Kings Kings Blues
Series
Length
6 7 7 7 7

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