Western Conference Playoffs: Round 1 Predictions

 

March 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (12) is defended by Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula (51) at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The season has finally ended. After each team concluded their 82-Game seasons, the nation was a bit shocked on a few performances. Let’s look at a few things, at least in my opinion, that should have happened. I think Dallas and Calgary deserved to be in the cup this year. I don’t think the Coyotes or the Kings should have been, but what’s done is done, right?

(1)Vancouver Canucks vs (8) Los Angeles Kings: I’m not quite sure where to start here. I think that Vancouver is going to blow the Kings out of the water. Although, the Kings have had a pretty good year. I see the NHL as, who is the better tender. I like to see which side has the better goalie, and I think Vancouver takes it. The goalie is the backbone. THEY decide the game. I might be a little biased because I’m a HUGE Luongo fan, but that’s beside the point. Also, with word that Daniel Sedin (after suffering a concussion from Chicago D Duncan Keith) practiced Monday, getting him back together with Henrik will be their best shot at the cup.

Vancouver in 5 Games

(2) St. Louis Blues vs (7) San Jose Sharks: Let me start off with, WOW!!!! St. Louis Blues. They deserve a standing ovation. I would have NEVER thought that they could make it to the playoffs. As soon as Ken Hitchcock stepped in, they flew through the league. This coach/team match-up was destined, and I won;t be surprised to see them in the playoffs in the next few years to come. San Jose has a great forward that Brian Elliot needs to worry about, and that is Logan Couture. After his All-Star appearance, he really stuck his neck out and gave it his all, which I think is a big contributing factor to their playoff play.

St. Louis in 6 Games

(3) Phoenix Coyotes vs (6) Chicago Blackhawks: Phoenix has a great leadership program. Shane Doan is a great fit for a Captaincy position in Glendale. Another big star who can help them, Radim Vrbata. These two players will be big helpers in trying to defeat Chicago. The goalie match-up is pretty impressive, too. Mike Smith vs Corey Crawford. This will be a series to watch. Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews also practiced Monday, which will be a big boost for the Blackhawks.

Chicago in 6 Games

(4) Nashville Predators vs (5) Detroit Red Wings: This pairing has been the talk of my household for about a month and a half now. I am genuinely scared for this. I am a Detroiter, so of course I’m a die-hard Red Wings fan. The thought of having to try and get passed Pekka Rinne is scary. I am not feeling too good about it. The fact that Rinne can stand in the crease night after night and make highlight reel saves, is traumatizing. The Wings have a great goaltender as well, Jimmy Howard, but I don’t believe he is any match for Rinne. And now that they blew it and lost home advantage, the Wings might lose this one.

Nashville in 7 Games

I’m pretty sure that these predictions would make for a wicked semi-final round. I want to know everyone’s prediction. Tweet me @NardoneDylan or [email protected]

Topics: Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, NHL, San Jose Sharks, St.Louis Blues, Stanley Cup, Vancouver Canucks

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