I would definitely say Nashville, they ahve been on a rooll recently and in their first postseason they are going to be hungry.
In teh East the only true underdogs are Montreal and the New york Islanders. I guess I'd have to go with Montreal based on the fact that they've done it before, and they have basically the same team that beat the Bruins two years ago.
Nobody's going to pull an Anaheim this year, but I could see Nashville and Montreal making surprise second-round appearances.
No one seems too worried about the Kings, would any teams in the west want to face them in the 1st round? I know the Preds sure don't.
Some of us are wondering how the Kings are still in the playoff race at all? I know they're hanging in there....but I think the Kings have got to hope that somebody stumbles, becase they're so far down on the wins tiebraker that they have no other way of getting in.
As for meeting in the playoffs....the way the seedings are set, if we did play you, it probably wouldn't be until the conference finals.....and I'm just not holding my breath for a Predators-Kings matchup there.