The Stage Is Set

Archived from 2000-01 season.

2001 Playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs are here! The second season of NHL hockey is ready to lift off with first games scheduled for Wednesday.

Sixteen teams will begin the fight for sixteen wins that it takes to earn the right to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup. Nothing in sports compares to the excitement of NHL playoffs!

As in every year, there are favorites and underdogs. The New Jersey Devils emerged on top in the East and have a great chance to repeat last season's triumph.

In the West the Colorado Avalanche must be the ultimate favorite, but don't count out the Detroit Red Wings, who have an impressive 19-game home unbeaten streak that begun Dec. 31.

"It's meaningless," Detroit forward Martin Lapointe said. "If we don't win the Cup, it doesn't mean squat."

Check the playoff schedule, get your tickets, check the TV listings and get ready for a ride!

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