Talk about a major implosion by Vancouver. They went from fighting for the division title to not even making the playoffs these past few weeks.
Seeing as how all that can happen in the West is a Calgary/Colorado swap (which would SUCK for my Wild) I'll go ahead and throw a prediction out there (assuming the standings stay the same).
|Detroit||Nashville||Nashville in 6|
|San Jose||Calgary||San Jose in 5|
|Minnesota||Colorado||Minnesota in 5|
|Anaheim||Dallas||Dallas in 7|
I think Nashville takes Detroit in round 1. After a great run to just makes the playoffs they're coming in with all the momentum. That combined with Detroit's well-knows playoff blunders is a dangerous combination for Detroit IMO.
I think the series this round to watch will be the Anaheim/Dallas one. The reason I put Dallas over the top though is only on power plays. If Anaheim can stay out of the box they'll take the series. I just don't see them doing it though.
|Dallas||Nashville||Dallas in 5|
|San Jose||Minnesota||San Jose in 7|
As much as I hate to say I think the Wild get taken out by San Jose. San Jose just has too solid of a team, but miracles can happen right?
Also, I don't see Nashville outlasting Dallas in this one. Nashville will be burned out from the Detroit series and with Dallas' leadership I don't see that happening to Dallas against Anaheim.
|San Jose||Dallas||San Jose in 6|
Again, San Jose is too solid of a team for Dallas to take them down. 'Nuff said.
A little side question. Is anyone else's fans camping out for playoff tickets? We've had people camping outside Xcel since Wednesday