NHL Playoff Predictions: No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

April 28th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
With one round down, the Western Conference provided its fair share of thrills and chills en route to proving who truly is the best. Cinderella dreams were shattered as the league’s most consistent and best franchises stepped their games up to the next level. Now, familiar foes meet in an attempt to vanquish one another, continuing the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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Storyline: After shaking off the cobwebs in round one, the Sharks look as primed as ever to finally break through their own personal glass ceiling. But with every dawn comes a dark night, and this nightfall begins and ends with Hockeytown.

Offense: Head coach Todd McLellan boldly shuffled his lines when the Sharks were stifled on offense during the first round. Initially breaking up the Marleau-Thornton-Heatley connection was a major risk, but it paid off when San Jose’s offense kicked into a higher gear.

Benefiting most from the top line sputter was Joe Pavelski, who scored five goals throughout his first six games in the playoffs. On-again, off-again linemates Ryane Clowe and Devin Setoguchi were just as inte ...

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