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Friday's blowout in Dallas for top spot in the Central Division made me swallow hard – are my Hawks really the team to beat out west? Or for the Cup?

Yes. Well, maybe.

I've talked about Central division domination before. Nothing has changed. That division is tight. But Artem Anisimov's arm injury – and the Stars' blowout of the Hawks on Friday – has made me pause and wonder about the postseason.

Go Stars?

After Friday's game, the playoff matches would look like this. My predicted round winners are in bold:

Eastern

1. Washington vs. 8. Detroit
2. Boston vs. 7. Pittsburgh
3. N.Y. Rangers vs. 6. N.Y. Islanders
4. Florida vs. Tampa Bay

Western

1. Dallas vs. 8. Colorado
2. Los Angeles vs. 7. Nashville
3. St. Louis vs. 6. San Jose
4. Chicago vs. Anaheim

Dallas' path to the Western Conference final will go through Colorado and San Jose. Chicago's is a whole lot harder – Anaheim and L.A ... if they can even pull that off. I won't even bother with the Blues – they always lose.

The East is fascinating – the New York series will be a blast and then the Alex Ovechkin-Sidney Crosby matchup will be epic. So will Ovie and Steven Stamkos.

#BeastMode

Who do you take in a Dallas-Washington final? Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin? Or Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

Wow, that's tough. Almost as tough as a postseason with none of the seven Canadian teams

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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