NHL Expert Picks: 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs first-round selections

NHL writers Brian Stubits and Chris Peters and CBSSports.com Senior Writer Dennis Dodd make their selections for who will advance past the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

*Here is the entire bracket for the playoffs. The new playoff format breaks it down into four divisional "pods." Dallas is in the Central Division but crosses over to the Pacific by virtue of a wild card.

NHL Playoff Expert Picks
Series Brian Stubits
@StubitsCBS
Chris Peters
@ChrisMPeters
Dennis Dodd
@DennisDoddCBS
Atlantic Division
(1) Boston Bruins vs.
(4) Detroit Red Wings

7 games

5 games

6 games
(2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs.
(3) Montreal Canadiens

6 games

6 games

6 games
Metropolitan Division
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs.
(4) Columbus Blue Jackets

6 games

6 games

6 games
(2) New York Rangers vs.
(3) Philadelphia Flyers

7 games

6 games

7 games
Central Division
(1) Colorado Avalanche vs.
(4) Minnesota Wild

5 games

6 games

5 games
(2) St. Louis Blues vs.
(3) Chicago Blackhawks

5 games

5 games

5 games
Pacific Division
(1) Anaheim Ducks vs.
(4) Dallas Stars

7 games

6 games

6 games
(2) San Jose Sharks vs.
(3) LA Kings

6 games

7 games

6 games
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