The playoffs begin

By Scott S.
St. Stephen High School
St. Stephen, NB

The playoffs begin. The regular season is finished, and all the teams that are in will play to win the opportunity to drink out of Lord Stanley's Cup. The playoffs start on April 12/00.

From First round to the final round, each match-up is the best out of 7 game series.

Like the previous year, the playoffs will show the best match ups.

In the Eastern Conference :

Philadelphia v.s. Buffalo
Washington v.s. Pittsburgh
Toronto v.s. Ottawa
New Jersey v.s. Florida

In the Western Conference:

St.Louis v.s. San Jose
Dallas v.s. Edmonton
Colorado v.s. Phoenix
Detroit v.s. L.A


East Division

I would say look out for the Buffalo Sabers, because the Flyers don't want to count them out. If Buffalo has a healthy goaltender then they may be a dominant team and contender.

The Caps and the Pens will be a series to watch. Kolzig against Jagr, Tugnutt against the fire power of the Caps.


The Canadian rivals - the Senators against the Leafs: Barrasso and the speedy Senators against Cujo and the eight 20 goal scorers.

The Panthers and the Devils go head to head. Will the goal tending of the Devils be enough to handle the combination of Pavel and Mellanby?

West Division

This is a good one to tune into as well. The Sharks could upset the Blues and the Blues could very well find themselves singing the blues if they're not careful.

Dallas and the Oilers. This isn't a new thing for them. Last year they met in the playoffs and each game was close and all were one game victories. This is a series to watch. Especially pay attention to Mike Modano of Dallas.

The Talented Avalanche playing against a very underestimated Phoenix team - Will the Avalanche hit the golf course early? If they're not careful, they might.

Detroit v.s. L.A is going to be a hitting series. The Red Wings will win if Steve Y is healthy. If not then kiss this season good bye.

Tune into the playoffs and see who will be the winner of the Stanley Cup .