It’s taken 6 months, 1,230 games, countless broken sticks, power-plays, body checks, and blocked shots, but the weak teams have been weeded out, and the remaining 16 teams will embark on a 2 month voyage to get their names etched onto the Stanley Cup.
Some teams have been favored since the beginning of the season, others made it in by the skin of their teeth. Some teams, like the Detroit Red wings, are full of grizzled veterans with thousands of games of playoff experience. Some teams, like the Pittsburgh Penguins, are full of fresh faced youngsters getting their first taste of the NHL post season.
They’ll meet in packed arenas from Vancouver to Tampa Bay, battling to best the opposition in a 7 game series, and move a step closer to the greatest prize in all of hockey. Keep those lucky socks from the wash, and leave that razor on the shelf, the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs kick off Wednesday night.
Buffalo Sabres (1) vs. New York Islanders (8)
New Jersey Devils (2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Atlanta Thrashers (3) vs. New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators (4) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (5)
Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. Calgary Flames (8)
Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Minnesota Wild (7)
Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. Dallas Stars (6)
Nashville Predators (4) vs. San Jose Sharks (5)