Apr 23, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) and centre Brad Richards (19) and right wing Marian Gaborik (10) celebrate goal scored against the Ottawa Senators in the second period at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

The Great Debate

The first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs are almost to a close. With that being known, I want to ask you all a very important question. I always bet with my brother which conference will win. East or West? Which conference has the better teams? This year, just from watching the playoffs, I can already tell who is going to win.

I think the Eastern conference will win. Any team in the East has the ability to win. Why? Good question. The reasoning is simple, they are more competitive than the West. The Western conference has been resting for quite a while, waiting for the battle of the East to finish up. Vancouver was eliminated in 5 games, as well as Detroit and San Jose. Chicago held on one more game and lost it in six. These were sloppy series, only taking five games to eliminate a team and advance. 3 out of 4 of the Eastern conference series were taken to game 7′s. The only one that didn’t was Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. That was only because after being down in the series 3-0, Pittsburgh felt a spark under their butts and decided to win a couple of games.

The teams in the East show that they are more superior, just by having a close series, because no matter what, the team you play in round two just defeated a good team, which makes your opponent tough to bear. The only team I can see winning it all from the West, which is who I put in the Final, is Nashville. This is mainly because of the phenomenal goal tending. Pekka Rinne, who is nominated for this year’s Vezina trophy, is one of the greatest goalies I’ve ever seen play the game. Whoever has to face Nashville in the Stanley Cup Finals is going to have a tough time.

All in all, I see the East winning the cup. I can’t really predict which teams, since the last 3 to advance can be any one of them, since it’s a do or die situation. But I want to know what you think? Tell me why you think the East is too weak to win a cup, or why Nashville will get picked apart by Phoenix in round two. I want to know why you think I’m wrong, or just tell me that you agree with me. You can comment or tweet me @NardoneDylan. I’m always up for a good hockey discussion.

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