First Round Match-Ups
Finally after 82 games the first round of the 2010/2011 NHL Playoffs are set to begin on Wednesday April 13th. It was a great season, particularly as a fan of the Vancouver Canucks, but with 10 games left and the Canucks having little to play for, the last few games have dragged on. Now comes what the players play for and what the fans wait all season for… bring on the playoffs. CBC will carry both the Habs/Bruins and the Canucks/Blackhawks series. You can view the full playoff and TV schedule here.

My NHL Playoff Picks
For round one I am not going to give my analysis of each series, I’ll save that for the last three rounds. So with that said here are my picks (feel free to agree or disagree by leaving a comment on this blog)!

Western Conference
Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Canucks in 5
Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes – Red Wings in 6
San Jose Sharks vs. L.A. Kings – Sharks in 6
Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators – Predators in 7

Eastern Conference
Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers – Capitals in 5
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres – Flyers in 6
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadians – Bruins in 7
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightening – Lightening in 6 

Vancouver Canucks Schedule
Wednesday April 13, 2011 | Blackhawks at Canucks | 7:00 PM | CBC
Friday April 15, 2011 | Blackhawks at Canucks | 7:00 PM | CBC
Sunday April 17, 2011 | Canucks at Blackhawks | 5:00 PM | CBC
Tuesday April 19, 2011 | Canucks at Blackhawks | 5:00 PM | CBC
*Thursday April 21, 2011 | Blackhawks at Canucks | 7:00 PM | CBC
*Sunday April 24, 2011 | Canucks at Blackhawks | 4:30 PM | CBC
*Tuesday April 26, 2011 | Blackhawks at Canucks | TBD | CBC 

* if necessary

Congratulations to the Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin for winning the Art Ross trophy as the league’s leading scorer and to Roberto Luongo and Corey Schneider who shared the William Jennings NHL award for goaltenders on a team that gave up the fewest goals!