Growing up...I caught the tail end of the original six (last few years). Hated Montreal, Toronto, and New York...cheered for Boston, Detroit, and Chicago. Then Bobby Orr arrived and I became mostly a Bruins fan.
Funny thing is, over the years of expansion(s) I really don't have a 'Favorite Team' any more.
Being a competitive coach, I am more of an observer rather than a fan just watching the game. I watch for the 'Game within the Game' so to speak...line match-ups, systems, etc. (though it is hard to observe systems watching on TV).
Red Wings over the Flames in 5 games.
Wings just have too much fire-power...Flames had to work too hard (physically) in a 7 game series vs the Canucks. Sutter's coaching and Kiprusoff may extend this series further...but the Red Wings will win.
Sharks over the Avs in 7 games.
Ron Wilson is just that much better of a Coach over Granato...goaltending will also be a key for both Teams.
Habs over the Lightning in 7 games.
Expectations...tradition...are in the Habs favour, other than that, you could toss a coin with these two teams.
Flyers over the Leafs in 6 games.
The goaltending battle could sink me on this prediction...Leafs line-up just may be too old to 'Bring It' two series in a row.
I offer sound advice.
That's 99% sound and 1% advice