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From the Pressbox: First Round Predictions

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno

Paul is a 22-year veteran of the STATS INC reporter network, scoring play by play for the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He is also the creator of the statistical platform which evolved into the NHL's Real Time Scoring System, which was unveiled in 1992. You can also hear him on XM Sirius and, talking hockey and baseball.In addition to all of Toronto's teams, he is also a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Today, From the Pressbox:

The playoffs begin this week, so we take a look at the series, highlight season series, key players/matchup to watch for and make our predictions for Round 1.

Eastern Conference

1 Pittsburgh (36-12) vs 8 NY Islanders (24-17-7)

Pens won the season series 4-1, outscoring NYI 17-9

The Penguins cruised to the top of the Eastern Conference despite the extended absences of Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin, which should tell you all you need to know about the depth of their roster. At the present time, Crosby is the only uncertain starter of these three lynchpins, though he's been practicing and may be ready for the series opener on Tuesday.

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