NHL Playoff Preview
The Stanley Cup winner from last year, Chicago Blackhawks, snuck in with an eighth seed and will take on the #1 seeded Vancouver Canucks to open the first round. Vancouver ended the season with 117 points to win home ice for all its games in post-season and they were winners of the Presidents’ Trophy. Chicago will have a flash back and rely on their young stars from last year like Toews and Kane.
The second seeded San Jose Sharks are a team many feel can win it all this year. They saw their stock rise after Christmas with some great play. They will face the Los Angeles Kings who secured the seven seed. Detroit enters as the third seed with many bettors leaning some money with them to win. The will face the sixth seed Phoenix Coyotes. The four and five seeds find the Anaheim Ducks on home ice entertaining the Nashville Predators.
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Western Conference predictions for First Round
Chicago over Vancouver
San Jose over Los Angeles
Red Wings win against Coyotes
Anaheim sneaks by Nashville
The Western Conference has the Washington Capitals as the number one seed to face the New York Rangers. These teams always play tough and we could see the winner of this match go a long way to the championship.
Philadelphia ended the season as the second seed and hope to return the finals where they lost last year. They face the Buffalo Sabres who gathered the seventh seed in the conference. The Boston Bruins are favored to win in their best-of-seven series vs. the Montreal Canadiens. The four-five matchup find the Penguins facing off against the Tampa Bay Lightning. This series hinges on the return of leading scorer Sidney Crosby
Western Conference predictions for Round One
Rangers defeat Capitals
Philadelphia handles Buffalo
Montreal stuns Boston
Penguins get by Tampa Bay