I guess the Rangers. I respect what they've done this year,but if healthy, Ottawa is too deep and Carolina brings a forecheck that I don't think the CH can handle. otoh, if you're below 4th, you have to beat better teams,might as well start out tough.
1.philly (yah, they're just not that good in between the pipes)
2.carolina (martin please dont shoot the puck at me im full of chocolate gerber is playing horrendous and their high octane offense is doing much to compensate.
3.new york (we've played well against them this year, but lundqvist is awesome and huet will have to play his A game)
4.ottawa (with hasek back, they'd be number 3 on my list if it was emery)
Well I get to make this post every day in a new thread.
But it is not about who they play but that they win and do so in fewer then 6 games. If thier first series goes a long way it will make it that much harder to advance past round 2.