Western Conference, Round 1!

With the last two teams in the West clinching their playoff berths last night, it only seems appropriate for first round predictions to be made now. What with the jostling for position that will take place over the next 2 or so games, this is how I think the West will likely end up looking:

1 – Detroit

2 – Dallas

3 – Calgary

4 – Nashville

5 – San Jose

6 – Anaheim

7 – Colorado

8 – Edmonton

#1 DETROIT Vs #8 EDMONTON

My prediction: DETROIT in 6

While Edmonton is a good team, they won’t have the ability to take on a very well balanced Detroit team.

#2 DALLAS Vs #7 COLORADO

My prediction: DALLAS in 5

Colorado just isn’t the powerhouse they used to be. Sakic will have one outstanding game, where he’ll lead the Avs over the Stars, but Dallas will prevail, winning the series at the Pepsi Center.

#3 CALGARY Vs #6 ANAHEIM

My prediction: CALGARY in 7

Remember last year? Calgary’s going to take this series the length and the “Red Mile” will once again glow red. Anaheim will put up a valiant fight, but won’t be able to get the last goal they’ll need to beat Calgary in Game 7 (gut feeling that it’ll be a 1 goal game)

#4 NASHVILLE Vs #5 SAN JOSE

My prediction: SAN JOSE in 5

San Jose is hot right now. Red hot. I think it’ll take a top-3 team to take down the Cheechoo train and Jumbo Joe, not to mention the secondary scoring they have.

2nd round? Well, let’s wait for the first round to be settled before going there. A LOT can happen in just one round (who knows…injuries happen).

Disagree with my 1st round predictions? Let me know what you think!


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