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NHL playoff predictions 2015: Which teams will advance beyond Round 1?

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The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on Wednesday night. Let's predict the winners of the first round.

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Throughout the 2015 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

Blues
vs. Wild
Predators
vs. Blackhawks
Ducks
vs. Jets
Canucks
vs. Flames
Canadiens
vs. Senators
Lightning
vs. Red Wings
Rangers
vs. Penguins
Capitals
vs. Islanders
Travis STL in 6 CHI in 6 WPG in 7 CGY in 6 MTL in 7 TBL in 5 NYR in 5 WSH in 6
Kurt STL in 5 CHI in 5 ANA in 6 VAN in 7 MTL in 7 TBL in 6 NYR in 7 NYI in 7
Collin STL in 6 CHI in 5 WPG in 7 VAN in 6 OTT in 7 TBL in 6 NYR in 7 WSH in 7
Kelly MIN in 6 CHI in 7 WPG in 6 CGY in 5 OTT in 6 TBL in 5 NYR in 5 NYI in 6
Albert STL in 7 NSH in 5 ANA in 7 CGY in 7 MTL in 7 TBL in 4 NYR in 5 NYI in 6
Meseret STL in 7 CHI in 6 ANA in 7 VAN in 7 MTL in 6 TBL in 6 NYR in 5 WSH in 7
Charlie STL in 5 CHI in 7 ANA in 7 VAN in 6 MTL in 6 TBL in 6 NYR in 6 WSH in 5
Kevin STL in 7 CHI in 6 WPG in 7 VAN in 5 OTT in 7 TBL in 5 NYR in 5 WSH in 7
Allison STL in 6 NSH in 6 ANA in 5 VAN in 7 MTL in 5 TBL in 5 NYR in 6 NYI in 5
Mary STL in 7 NSH in 6 WPG in 7 CGY in 7 OTT in 7 TBL in 6 NYR in 5 WSH in 7
Andrew STL in 6 NSH in 7 WPG in 6 CGY in 5 OTT in 7 TBL in 5 PIT in 7 NYI in 4
Lindsey STL in 5 CHI in 5 WPG in 6 CGY in 7 OTT in 7 TBL in 4 NYR in 5 WSH in 7
Ben STL in 5 CHI in 6 ANA in 7 CGY in 6 MTL in 6 TBL in 5 NYR in 4 NYI in 7
Ryan STL in 6 NSH in 7 ANA in 6 CGY in 7 MTL in 5 TBL in 6 NYR in 4 WSH in 6
Campfire Bot STL in 6 CHI in 4 WPG in 5 VAN in 5 OTT in 5 TBL in 5 NYR in 4 WSH in 5