It’s been quite an exciting 2015 NHL playoffs thus far with a few surprises, one team having an easy ride thus far and one team straight up dominating.
NHL Playoffs Western Conference Finals Prediction
Let’s take a look at the Anaheim Ducks. They have had it easy in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Although in the first round the Winnipeg Jets didn’t go down without a fight, however their goaltending eventually failed them.
The Jets are an up and coming team, and don’t have as much playoff experience as the Ducks, therefore in my opinion, the Ducks had it fairly easy in the first round. Up next were the Calgary Flames.
The Flames are a young up and coming NHL team, who entered the 2015 playoffs unexperienced. The Ducks came out and used their speed and physical style to their advantage which eventually led them to the Conference finals. Johnny Gaudreau did everything he could and he did not disappoint. Kari Ramo proved himself as a number one goalie in Calgary as he was practically the main reason the Flames managed to win one game. Then again, the Ducks were robbed of an overtime power play, which led to a Flames goal in OT.
I expected the Ducks to sweep the Flames, and they should have. I am not saying the Ducks are a bad team, they deserve to be where they are at, and now they will have their toughest task facing Chicago.
Jumping over to the Blackhawks, I personally did not think they would make it this far. Minnesota should have slowed them down considering Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa were not playing to their potential.
Chicago has way too much fire power, they are very experienced in the playoffs, and possess players who have been in the Olympics which carries over into the NHL playoffs. They will have their hands full though when facing the Ducks, it will be interesting to see how they can stop the fast physical force the Ducks play.
When I look back to the first round against the Predators I envision the Ducks playing a similar style against Chicago. The Preds played great and should have knocked the Hawks out, but then Shea Weber went down with an injury, and it was game over for Nashville.
The Hawks handled the Preds physical force pretty well but they were exploited. When they get out hit for 60 minutes, fatigue tends to carry over into the next game and puts them at risk, much like Nashville did to them in the first round.
Both goaltenders should be on top of their games, however I don’t see Andersen out playing Corey Crawford, who has found his game and has been anything short of spectacular.
This series will come down to goaltending, if I had to choose between Crawford or the unexperienced Andersen, my money is on Crawford. Anaheim should be sent home by game 6.
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