Western Conference Playoff Preview and Predictions

April 14th, 2010 by Broadway Hockey Daily Leave a reply »
Although our primary function here at Broadway Hockey Daily is covering the New York Rangers, there is still plenty of hockey to be played this season. Unfortunately, the Blueshirts won’t be part of the post-season fun this time around, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be. With the playoffs set to begin tonight, it seems like the perfect time to preview the opening round playoff series and make some playoff predictions. We’ll start with the Western Conference and come back soon with the Eastern Conference.

Western Conference Quarterfinals (Round 1)

(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (8) Colorado Avalanche

Sharks: 51-20-11, 1st in Pacific Division

Avalanche: 43-30-9, 2nd in Northwest Division

Sharks won season series, 2-1-1

Key Factors:

Heavy Expectations—After being upset in the first round of last year’s playoffs, the Sharks are under some serious pressure to advance further into the playoffs. They’ve been contenders-turned-pretenders for much of the last decade, and the acquisition of Dany Heatley this summer was made with one objective in mind: a lengthy playoff run.< ...

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