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First round of NHL playoffs set; pick the winners

By John Vogl

The shortened, 48-game season is over, and 16 teams are set to compete for the Stanley Cup. The playoffs begin Tuesday, and the matchups (as always) could be intriguing.

There's an Original Six showdown as Boston meets Toronto, which has had two lockouts and no playoff games since 2004. Neighbors Montreal and Ottawa will face off. Perennial contenders/bridesmaids San Jose and Vancouver are set to meet.

Here are the matchups, and pick the winners.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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