Stanley Cup Predictions Are for April Fools, Volume II

April 2nd, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
Volume One of this article predicted the Eastern Conference. This one deals with the West and the Stanley Cup Finals.

San Jose Sharks over Colorado Avalanche in five games. The problems of the Sharks are well-documented, both this season and in playoffs past. But Colorado is also backing their way into the playoffs, lacks experience, and just does not have the talent to compete with a team as good as San Jose, who were eliminated in the first round last season for the first time since 2001.

Chicago Blackhawks over Nashville Predators in six games. Very similar to the Sharks problems, Chicago has struggled of late, losing seven of nine before blanking Minnesota Wednesday. But they have also battled injuries on their blueline during that span, and should be healthy with the exception of Brian Campbell by the time the playoffs start.

Meanwhile, Nashville has never won more than two playoff games in a season. Being a well-coached division rival with better goaltending, they should be able to match that at best against an otherwise vastly superior foe.

Vancouver Canucks over Los Angeles Kings in five games. If tonight's domination of the C ...

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