A quick look at the Western Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs

A quick look at the Western Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs

A quick look at the Western Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs

As for the Western Conference, both the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets have clinched playoff spots in the Central Division, followed by the newbies, the Vegas Golden Knights, who have locked up the Pacific Division. A team this talented should have at least one Stanley Cup to its name, but they've instead turned dashing the dreams of their fans into an art form.

No one can dispute the talent and ability of Alex Ovechkin, but it's just not enough to take the Capitals deep into the playoffs. This was a team expected to live in the cellar of the Western Conference, especially after trading away Matt Duchene.

Two of the top four teams in the National Hockey League are guaranteed to be out the playoffs after the second round. Goaltending for Nashville has been an incredible story as Vezina Trophy Finalist: Pekka Rinne has a 42-13 win/loss record.

The MTS Centre in Winnipeg will be absolutely bananas as the city will be experiencing just its third playoff game since the franchise's reboot in 2011.

Nashville also boasts the best defence in the National Hockey League; the team's defencemen have combined for 56 goals this season, the highest total in the National Hockey League.

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"I'm a strong believer that if a team is going to maximize its potential and contend for a championship, the first rule of thumb Is to become a team that doesn't beat itself", he said. This is a team comprised of cast-offs that banned together and developed into one of the top units in the league.

The (1) Washington Capitals will be taking on the (2nd wild card) Columbus Blue Jackets.

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The Golden Knights closed the season 6-3-2, with the regulation losses coming against non-playoff teams: Arizona, Edmonton and Calgary.

The Kings core may be the best reason why this team has a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Anyone who bets on this long shot could hit it big. That year, centers Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski plus defenseman Brent Burns were the team's top three scorers. "They're just more intense and more familiar with this format than they were in the old format". New Jersey Devils - Despite winning all three match-ups this season, New Jersey is rightfully the underdog here. The Sharks won the season series 4 games to 2 games and outscored the Ducks 18-11 in those 6 games. Hall's teammate, Miles Wood, is right behind him with 15, giving New Jersey two lines that can put pressure on Tampa Bay's transition defense. The Lightning lost their three regular-season meetings with the Devils.

After the regular season, Mark Letestu gets a grade of a C level acquisition; while he has contributed well in someways he is not a game changing player.

The Colorado Avalanche held their first practice of the post-season today. Right winger Nikita Kucherov is their guy with 39 goals and 61 assists, leading the Lightning in both categories.

No. 1 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philly jumped out to a 3-0 series lead, winning Games 2 and 3 with eight goals apiece, only to allow 10 in Game 4 before advancing two games later. Vanek finished his nineteen game regular season with the Blue Jackets with a grand total of fifteen points; split nearly evenly between goals and assists with seven and eight respectively.

One shocker: Kelly wants no part of the favored Predators, saying they won't even return to the Stanley Cup Final. Pittsburgh has scored 20 goals in the four games, tallying five goals in each and every contest.

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - A rematch of an unbelievable 7 game series several seasons ago, the Maple Leafs will be out for revenge this time around. He could find a way to pull off this upset. Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks will be watching the playoffs from the sidelines because, according to CBS Sports, the Blackhawks will be missing out on the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

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