I won't miss the Rangers, Wings or Lightning, who've all been eliminated. Dallas just didn't have the whole team show up and earned their way out. I wouldn't have minded the Preds, but they just were shoved off their game so directly by the Sharks that it's better that they are gone to.
The NHL playoffs are not so much a survival of the fittest. They are a 'survival of the ones that die last.' It's like a fight between Lance Armstrong and Keith Richards; you may THINK you know who'll prevail . . .