The first round of the NHL playoffs begins on Wednesday with three games while the other five series will start on Thursday. While the NBA Finals are usually the best round to watch, the first round of the NHL playoffs is the best round in sports. The action is fast, hard hitting and so many games go into overtime. It's when the players are the healthiest as by the time the Final comes around, it's survival of the fittest. Here is the Rotoworld hockey staff's picks for the first round.
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|Nashville/Colorado||Jets/Wild||Vegas/Los Angeles||Anaheim/San Jose|
|Michael||Colorado in 6||Jets in 5||Vegas in 7||Anaheim in 6|
|Brian||Nashville in 5||Jets in 7||Los Angeles in 4||Anaheim in 7|
|Ryan||Nashville in 5||Jets in 6||Vegas in 7||San Jose in 7|
|Corey||Nashville in 6||Jets in 5||Los Angeles in 6||Anaheim in 7|
|Joey||Nashville in 6||Jets in 6||Vegas in 7||Anaheim in 6|
|Gus||Nashville in 5||Jets in 5||Los Angeles in 6||San Jose in 7|
|Aaron||Nashville in 5||Jets in 6||Los Angeles in 5||San Jose in 7|
|Daniel||Nashville in 6||Jets in 5||Los Angeles in 7||Anaheim in 5|
|Jeff||Nashville in 5||Jets in 5||Los Angeles in 7||San Jose in 6|
Everyone, save I, picked Nashville to beat Colorado while all of us selected Winnipeg over Minnesota. Only three of the nine think that the expansionist Vegas Golden Knights will prevail over Los Angeles and the Anaheim-San Jose series is a toss-up.
|Michael||Capitals in 6||Flyers in 7||Tampa Bay in 6||Toronto in 7|
|Brian||Capitals in 7||Penguins in 6||Tampa Bay in 5||Toronto in 6|
|Ryan||Columbus in 7||Penguins in 5||Tampa Bay in 5||Boston in 7|
|Corey||Capitals in 6||Penguins in 7||Tampa Bay in 6||Toronto in 6|
|Joey||Capitals in 7||Penguins in 6||Tampa Bay in 5||Boston in 7|
|Gus||Capitals in 7||Penguins in 6||Tampa Bay in 6||Toronto in 5|
|Aaron||Capitals in 7||Penguins in 5||Tampa Bay in 6||Boston in 6|
|Daniel||Capitals in 7||Penguins in 7||Tampa Bay in 5||Toronto in 6|
|Jeff||Columbus in 7||Penguins in 6||Tampa Bay in 4||Boston in 7|
Everyone took the Lightning with most taking Washington and the Penguins. Only the Toronto-Boston series is a toss-up according to us.
Enjoy the opening round and we will be back in a couple of weeks to pick round two and go over the results of the first round.