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NHL playoff predictions 2014: Which teams will escape Round 1?

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The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on Wednesday night. Let's predict the winners of the first round.

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Throughout the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, we'll go round-by-round and predict the outcomes of each playoff series. We begin today with the first round, with the BSH staff predicting who we think will win each of the eight series on deck.

The panel

The predictions:

Series Travis Kurt Collin Eric Albert Charlie Kevin Campfire Bot
Flyers vs. Rangers NYR in 6 NYR in 7 NYR in 7 NYR in 5 PHI in 6 NYR in 6 PHI in 7 PHI in 6
Penguins vs. Blue Jackets PIT in 6 PIT in 7 PIT in 6 CBJ in 6 PIT in 5 CBJ in 7 PIT in 6 CBJ in 7
Bruins vs. Red Wings BOS in 6 BOS in 5 BOS in 6 BOS in 6 BOS in 6 BOS in 7 BOS in 6 DET in 6
Canadiens vs. Lightning TBL in 7 MTL in 6 TBL in 7 TBL in 6 TBL in 7 MTL in 6 MTL in 7 TBL in 4
Ducks vs. Stars DAL in 7 DAL in 7 ANA in 6 ANA in 7 ANA in 5 ANA in 6 DAL in 7 DAL in 5
Avalanche vs. Wild COL in 5 MIN in 6 MIN in 6 COL in 6 COL in 6 MIN in 7 MIN in 6 COL in 5
Sharks vs. Kings LAK in 7 SJS in 6 SJS in 7 LAK in 6 LAK in 7 LAK in 6 LAK in 6 SJS in 5
Blues vs. Blackhawks CHI in 6 STL in 7 CHI in 6 CHI in 5 STL in 6 CHI in 5 CHI in 7 CHI in 7