Now the Western predictions...
Series 1) Dallas/Edmonton: Edmonton enters the playoffs winless in 4 (3 ties 1 loss). The ties were lucky comebacks that hid some bad defence. Some people will say that the Oilers didn't care after making the playoffs, that they just floated through the last 4 games. Time will tell. Dallas has something to prove after last year. Sometimes missing the playoffs when it was assumed you would make it is the best thing to happen to a team. I will be cheering Edmonton but...Dallas in 6.
Series 2) Detroit/Anaheim: Does anyone think that Detroit will lose to this Mickey Mouse controlled team? Detroit in 5
Series 3) Colorado/Minnesota: I'm picking this as my upset in the West. No particular reason, just because Minnesota is a very disciplined team and it sets up a Dallas/Minnesota in the next round. Minnesota in 7.
Series 4) Vancouver/StLouis: The worst thing that can happen to a team is to stumble into the playoffs. If Vancouver was playing ANYONE else other than StLouis, I would be picking the other team. Vancouver in 6.
And finally Ottawa vs Detroit for the Stanley Cup. My crystal ball does not see far enough to pick the winner, but best guess...