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Preds Broadcasters Look at the NHL Conference Finals

Monday, 05.18.2009 / 10:12 AM CT / Features
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Preds Broadcasters Look at the NHL Conference Finals
Nashville Predators broadcasters Tom Callahan, Terry Crisp, and Pete Weber continue to break down the 2009 NHL playoffs with their predictions in the Conference Finals match-ups.

Round 2 Results:
West: #2 Detroit d. #8 Anaheim, 4-3; #4 Chicago d. #3 Vancouver, 4-2
East: #6 Carolina d. #1 Boston, 4-3; #4 Pittsburgh d. #2 Washington, 4-3

Round 1 Results:

West: #8 Anaheim d. #1 San Jose, 4-2; #2 Detroit d. #7 Columbus, 4-0; #3 Vancouver d. #6 St. Louis, 4-0; #4 Chicago d. #5 Calgary, 4-2
East: #1 Boston d. #8 Montreal, 4-0; #2 Washington d. #7 NY Rangers, 4-3; #6 Carolina d. #3 New Jersey, 4-3; #4 Pittsburgh d. #5 Philadelphia 4-2

Rating the Experts
Pete Weber - 9 of 12 (4 of 6 in Western Conference)
Tom Callahan - 8 of 12 (3 of 6 in Western Conference)
Terry Crisp - 8 of 12 (5 of 6 in Western Conference)
NashvillePredators.com - 7 of 12 (5 of 6 in Western Conference)


Western Conference

#2 Detroit vs. #4 Chicago
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2008-09 Series Results: 4-2 Detroit (Detroit 4-2-0, 8 pts; Chicago 2-2-2, 6 pts)
Predictions: (Detroit by split decision)
Tom Callahan - Chicago in 7
Terry Crisp - Detroit in 6
Pete Weber - Detroit in 6
NashvillePredators.com - Detroit in 7
Pete Weber's Take: While I picked the Blue Jackets to upset Detroit in the opening round and thought they would have trouble with Anaheim in the second, they have survived. While I think Chicago is capable of winning this series, even after losing the opening game, I believe Detroit has overcome the biggest challenge – simply moving on to this point. The Red Wings have so much more overall Cup-winning experience than the Blackhawks, who may prove to be the emerging power in the West, that I can’t go against them now.



Eastern Conference
#4 Pittsburgh vs. #6 Carolina
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2008-09 Series Results: split 2-2 (Pittsburgh 2-1-1, 5 pts; Carolina 2-2-0, 4 pts)
Predictions: (split)
Tom Callahan - Pittsburgh in 7
Terry Crisp - Pittsburgh in 6
Pete Weber - Carolina in 7
NashvillePredators.com - Carolina in 6
Pete Weber's Take: I don’t think the Hurricanes want it any other way – probably with Game 7 going into overtime again. The Hurricanes won the Cup in 2006 with Cam Ward in net – and he has put on a great show so far in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Ward’s team vs. all-time great Mary Brodeur’s: who won? Ward and the Hurricanes against Tim Thomas and the best team in the East? It was Ward again. This series will be far more than the two elder Staals battling. We will probably be reminded of Orpik’s hit from behind on Cole three years ago and we will hear plenty about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but the Hurricanes play so well as a team. Get ready for more of Jussi Jokinen!


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36