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2010 NHL playoffs: Wednesday night’s action

It’s that time of the year. Playoff hockey.

It’s the second season for the NHL, when 16 teams try for the chance to hoist that most glorious of prizes in all of sports: Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Tonight, eight teams kick off the 2010 NHL playoffs:

(5) Ottawa Senators @ (4) Pittsburgh Penguins - 7:00 p.m. EDT (Versus, CBC, RDS)

Series - 0-0

If the Senators hope to have any kind of shot against the Penguins, they’ll have to jump on them early in the series and shock them with a game one win. The Penguins will be without Chris Kunitz tonight, but Matt Cooke will be in the lineup after being knocked into next week by Evander Kane.

(7) Philadelphia Flyers @ (2) New Jersey Devils - 7:30 p.m. EDT (RIS, TSN, CSN-PH)

Series - 0-0

This is going to be one physical, drawn out series. Can Brian Boucher keep the Flyers within striking distance, as they try to crack the NHL’s stingiest defense? Can Ilya Kovalchuk justify his trade? Will Dan Carillo ever shave that horrible mustache?

(5) Detroit Red Wings @ (4) Phoenix Coyotes - 10:00 p.m. EDT (RIS, Versus, TSN, KTVK)

Series - 0-0

It’s amazing how big of an underdog the Coyotes are for this series. I guess it’s a case of “well, you were good in the regular season but I’m not convinced yet”, and unfortunately it’s true. When you’re facing the Red Wings, it’s tough to say anyone going against them would be the favorite. Until the prove it.

(8) Colorado Avalanche @ (1) San Jose Sharks - 10:30 p.m. EDT (CBC, Versus, RDS, ALT)

Series - 0-0

Someone pointed out that the Sharks typically don’t choke until the second round of the playoffs, so at least they have a shot against Colorado, right?