The NHL playoffs are finally set with the Philadelphia Flyers earning the final spot in the Eastern Conference with their 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Rangers. This gives us the following pairings for the first round of the playoffs:
1 Washington Capitals vs. 8 Montreal Canadiens
2 New Jersey Devils vs. 7 Philadelphia Flyers
3 Buffalo Sabres vs. 6 Boston Bruins
4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5 Ottawa Senators
1 San Jose Sharks vs. 8 Colorado Avalanche
2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. 7 Nashville Predators
3 Vancouver Canucks vs. 6 Los Angeles Kings
4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. 5 Detroit Red Wings
All lower seeds have home-ice advantage. Home-ice advantage gives the team four home games, Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 while the lower seed has home games in games 3, 4, and 6.
For more information on these matchups, please visit From The Rink, which breaks down the matchups.