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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 - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61