The NHL playoffs are less than a week away, and we’re starting to get a clearer picture of exactly which teams will be involved.
But while several are locked into a playoff spot, there’s still plenty of uncertainty over what the actual first-round matchups will be. So this seems like a good time to start thinking ahead to some potential pairings.
We’re not necessarily going to worry about the most likely scenarios, just the potentially best ones. To keep from veering too far into wishful thinking, we’ll limit it to matchups that have at least a 15 percent chance of happening, according to Sports Club Stats.
Here are a dozen possible playoff matchups that hockey fans can start getting excited about.