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 DAL 56 36 15 5 178 147 77
2 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
8 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 55 11 29 -2 40
F. Forsberg 55 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 55 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 55 6 28 3 34
J. Neal 55 20 13 18 33
M. Ekholm 55 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 54 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 55 11 7 -1 18
C. Jarnkrok 54 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 38 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36