Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015: Predicting Conference Semifinals and Finals

May 11th, 2015 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »

It's been a tale of two conferences in this year's NHL playoffs. Two teams have dominated the Western Conference, and it hasn't exactly presented a ton of drama thus far while the Eastern Conference has given us a slew of close, competitive series that have come down to the wire. Who doesn't love a little contrast? 

And who doesn't love a few predictions, too? Let's break down the remaining series leading up to the Stanley Cup Final.


Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks

This is such a fascinating series. I love the balance and experience of this Blackhawks team, and it was my pick to win the Stanley Cup before the postseason, so I have to stick with it. But the depth, size and skill of the Ducks—especially the line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Maroon—makes them a formidable opponent. 

Maroon has been the perfect complement for Perry and Getzlaf on the team's top line. He's a big, physical, hard-working force on the boards who protects his linemates but is also more apt at creating for them than people might expect. 

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