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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33