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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  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