We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We'll be tracking their overall record throughout the postseason, so be sure to check back after each round for results. Feel free to add your picks in the comments below.
Making picks in 2010: Wes Goldstein, CBSSports.com's hockey writer; Erin Brown, CBSSports.com's NHL editor; Mike Hurcomb, CBSSports.com's fantasy hockey writer; and Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's college football writer (and a longtime, die-hard St. Louis Blues fan).
No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal
- Goldstein: Washington in 5: The Caps have too much firepower for a team that backed into the playoffs
- Brown: Washington in 4: Put aside the Caps' offense; Jose Theodore will be out to get his former team.
- Hurcomb: Washington in 5: Jaroslav Halak will make it interesting, but Caps' offense will be too much.
- Dodd: Washington in 4: The Caps have so much firepower that it will be a huge surprise if they don't sweep.
No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia
- Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
- Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.
- Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
- Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.
No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston
- Goldstein: Buffalo in 6: Thomas Vanek is on a roll and Ryan Miller is a difference maker.
- Brown: Buffalo in 5: If an all-star Canadian squad barely beat Miller, do you really think the Bruins can?
- Hurcomb: Buffalo in 7: Miller didn't win gold at the Olympics, but he will prevail in Game 7.
- Dodd: Buffalo in 5: Miller is a national hero at the top of his game.
No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa
- Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
- Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.
- Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
- Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.
No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado
- Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
- Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Dany Heatley , Joe Thornton will find his playoff game.
- Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
- Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.
No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville
- Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
- Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
- Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.
- Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.
No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles
- Goldstein: Vancouver in 5: The Sedins and company are too much for a young team with a struggling goalie.
- Brown: Vancouver in 6: The Kings have the talent to compete, but youth will be their ultimate downfall.
- Hurcomb: Vancouver in 5: The Sedin twins will help make quick work of Kings.
- Dodd: Los Angeles in 7: They've got a chance if Jonathan Quick can play like he did early in the season.
No. 4 Phoenix vs. No. 5 Detroit
- Goldstein: Detroit in 6: Look for the clock to strike midnight on the Coyotes great Cinderella story.
- Brown: Detroit in 6: The playoff-tested Wings know intangibles could kill if this one gets to Game 7.
- Hurcomb: Detroit in 5: Red Wings' postseason experience will overwhelm surprising Coyotes.
- Dodd: Detroit in 6: The Red Wings won't get there unless Jimmy Howard comes up big in goal.