12:52 AM ET 05.10 | Well let's talk some hockey. It's personally my favorite sport. It's the only sport that I still actually play (just ended my junior year of college). While at school I couldn't watch the games because the cable system didn't carry OLN...ummm, Versus. But now I'm home so I can watch as much as I want. I really wish people could grasp how exciting hockey is, especially playoff hockey. But there's not much I can do there. Anyway, on to the conference finals preview. Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Buffalo Sabres vs. (4) Ottawa Senators. Buffalo was the best team in the East all season. But Ottawa came on very strong at the end of the regular season, and continue to play great hockey in the playoffs. Ottawa won the season series, but throw that out the window. These teams don't like each other, and anything can happen. These two teams combined for 100 minutes in penalties on one play this winter when everyone on the ice -- including the goalies -- were fighting. Ray Emery for Ottawa and Ryan Miller for Buffalo are two of the best young studs for goalies in hockey. They both have great GAA in the playoffs (2.04 for Emery and 2.06 for Miller). Ottawa has one of the best lines in hockey with Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson, and Jason Spezza. But after that, the rest of their lines aren't anything spectacular. Buffalo has a plethora of great players, highlighted by co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere. But they also have talented scorers like Maxim Afinogenov, Ales Kotalik, Thomas Vanek, Jochen Hecht, and Derek Roy. I see this one going the full 7 games, unless Buffalo's offense explodes. First game: Thursday, May 10 @ Buffalo. Prediction: Buffalo in 7. Western Conference Finals: (1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (2) Anaheim Ducks. Even though the Red Wings come in as the number one seed in the conference, most people agree on the fact that the Ducks have the most talent in the West. The wings are a great team, highlighted by goalie Dominik Hasek, but they just seem too old to keep advancing throughout the playoffs, especially against the fast-paced Ducks. Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Holmstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Mathieu Schneider, and middle-aged Chris Chelios are all great players, but they aren't getting out of this round. Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere is not a human in the playoffs. He's phenomenal. Add that with the Niedermayer brother's (Scott and Rob) leadership, and things are great. Add talented forwards such as Ryan Getzlaf, Andy McDonald, Corey Perry, and Teemu Selanne to the list, and you have a team that should make the Stanley Cup Finals. Expect Hasek to keep the score down in a couple games, but also expect Anaheim to win the series. First game: Friday, May 11 @ Detroit. Prediction: Anaheim in 6. And I hate to say it, but it sounds like Sports Illustrated may be correct in their NHL Preview article. They had Buffalo and Anaheim in the finals.