Pete Weber Talks Conference Finals

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 10:14 AM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
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Pete Weber Talks Conference Finals
With the Vancouver Canucks advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals from the Western Conference and the Boston/Tampa Bay series moving to a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference, NashvillePredators.com got in touch with Preds broadcaster Pete Weber for his thoughts on conference finals series.

NashvillePredators.com: What surprised you the most from the Vancouver/San Jose series?
Pete Weber - The Sedins reemergence after being non-factors against the Preds, especially Henrik. He had 12 points in the San Jose series (five games); he and Daniel combined only had seven points in the entire series against the Preds (six games) --- and both had minus plus/minus ratings.

NP.com: Does Vancouver’s offensive success against San Jose make Nashville’s defensive success against the Canucks more impressive?
Weber - Without question! Vancouver was the highest scoring team in the regular season (3.15 goals per game) and they showed that against San Jose (scored 20 goals in five games; 4.00 goals per game). The Preds held them to just 14 goals in the series (six games, 2.33 goals per game), with three overtime periods in there as well.

NP.com: Western Conference bracket is now complete --- who were your top-3 playoff performers in the Western Conference half of the playoff bracket this year?
Weber - Ryan Kesler (VAN), Joe Thornton (SJ) and Pekka Rinne

NP.com: Heading into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals --- who have been your top-3 playoff performers in the Eastern Conference half of the playoff bracket this year?
Weber - Tim Thomas (BOS), Vincent Lecavalier (TB) and Patrice Bergeron (BOS)

NP.com: How does Vancouver stack up against Boston or Tampa Bay in a potential Cup match-up?
Weber - First of all, Vancouver stacks up well against anybody. They had the most points in the whole league during the regular season and showed that again in the first three rounds of the playoffs. That said, Boston's D corps matches the Canucks better than Tampa's does, but I feel Tampa's quick-strike attack could make for a very entertaining offensive oriented series.

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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00