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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.
After Friday's game, the playoff matches would look like this. My predicted round winners are in bold:
1. Washington vs. 8. Detroit
2. Boston vs. 7. Pittsburgh
3. N.Y. Rangers vs. 6. N.Y. Islanders
4. Florida vs. Tampa Bay
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.
Wow, that's tough. Almost as tough as a postseason with none of the seven Canadian teams