Before Getting Into All That...

... in this case, "that" being an overview of the season plus discussion as to what this team needs to do in order to break a now three-year long routine of two and through, a brief glance at the conference finals (Game Six thoughts ASAP):

Detroit vs. Dallas: Yeah, good luck with that, Stars. Let us know how it works out for you. By the time this series is done, Sharks fans might be rather relieved their team didn't make the next round.
Predicted winner: Detroit

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: As opposed to the seemingly mandatory whistle-swallowing come playoff time, there's no way the NHL will let the Flyers goon up on Sidney Crosby and company. Not that they need a whole lot of help anyway.
Predicted winner: Pittsburgh