After a first round riddled with drama, comebacks and wild swings of momentum (tough luck, Toronto), there are now eight teams remaining in the running--er, skating--for Lord Stanley's Cup. Several regional rivalries are at stake, including San Jose vs.
Anaheim Los Angeles for California bragging rights (such as they are) and the usual sparring between Boston and New York.
However, we all know what the real matchup is: Detroit vs. Chicago. The Motor City vs. The Windy City. Hockeytown vs. Chi-Town. Red Wings vs. Blackhawks. Even though it's not the Stanley Cup Finals or even the Conference Finals, this is the last time these two Central Division archrivals will face off in the Western Conference playoffs, since Detroit is (praise the LORD) moving to the friendly confines of the Eastern Conference and its non-ludicrous gametimes. As demonstrated by the Western #2, #3 and #4 seeds going down, anything can (and often does) happen, so grab a Labatt/ Molson/ whatever and enjoy the good ol' hockey game.
(Last updated Friday morning)
Eastern Conference Semifinals:
Western Conference Semifinals:
Let's do this.