Well, this is what we've all been waiting for. Even if your team isn't in the running for the Cup this year, you can't help but be excited to see how this all ends up. Even though Tuesday night is like the Finals for myself, the Islanders, and other folks whose team is out of it there's still a lot to be interested in. You've got a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals and the Battle of Pennsylvania. There's the Blue Jackets actually, you know, invited to the dance and you can bet Nationwide is going to be bonkers when they come home for Game Three. Then there's the annual question mark of spring as to whether or not the Sharks choke. And of course, there are many more questions to be answered. And heck, even if you're not a hockey fan and simply into sports betting with a taste (or desperation) for hockey betting, then the first game that goes into triple overtime will surely make you lose your mind even if you have no fan alliegances.
Without any further ado, here are your first round matchups for the 2009 NHL Playoffs. We'll have more coverage including putting our egos on the line with predictions in the coming days. For now, take these in, soak 'em up and lay back and enjoy two days of calm before we all go completely off our rockers.
#1 Boston Bruins vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens
#2 Washington Capitals vs. #7 New York Rangers
#3 New Jersey Devils vs. #6 Carolina Hurricanes
#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #5 Phildelphia Flyers
#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Anaheim Ducks
#2 Detroit Red Wings vs. #7 Columbus Blue Jackets
#3 Vancouver Canucks vs. #6 St. Louis Blues
#4 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #5 Calgary Flames