2015 Western Conference Predictions

Continuing on with the 2015 Stanley Cup first round predictions, it’s time for the Western Conference. Again I have my picks all set, but I’m just going to do the first round. Here we go!

Anaheim Ducks & Winnipeg Jets

Winner: Anaheim

Anaheim has everything going for them and they should take this series. As a hockey fan, to see the fans in Winnipeg participate in the playoffs once again will be a treat. Anaheim may just be too much for the NHL Jets.

St. Louis Blues & Minnesota Wild

Winner: St. Louis

I’m going against the grain here and my theory is that all hot streaks must come to an end and so will Minnesota’s run. Other than that, brace yourselves for one heck of a series.

Nashville Predators & Chicago Blackhawks

Winner: Chicago

It’s simple, with Patrick Kane out and the Kings not making a playoff comeback this year, it’s Chicago’s to lose. Too much experience on this team to lose in the first round. Nashville will be in every game, but in the end, Chicago knows how to win in tight spots.

Vancouver Canucks & Calgary Flames

Winner: Canucks

Again, going against the grain as many have the upstart Flames to beat out the Canucks, but I think the experienced Sedin twins along with the rest of the veterans of Vancouver will pull this one out against the youngsters of Calgary. If Vancouver does lose in the first round, they may want to think long and hard about the direction of the franchise because Calgary will only get better.

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