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Goldie & Moller's Western Conference Picks

Thursday, 04.12.2007 / 1:20 PM ET / News
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Goldie & Moller\'s Western Conference Picks
Moller's Picks:

# 1 Detroit Red Wings vs #8 Calgary Flames

Classic series for goaltenders….Mikka Kiprusoff against the “Dominator” Dominik Hasek. Is anyone going to score a goal in this series? Jerome Iginla vs Nik Lidstrom. The Red Wings have not had too much success with the #1 seed over the years. Last year was a train wreck, losing to the Oilers in 6 games. The Flames are a tough team to figure out. Great at home, can’t win on the road(yet). This will be the shocker in this year’s 1st round.

Flames in 7


#2 Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild

Pretty evenly matched series. 4 game season series was split in 2. Expect some top-tier goaltending from the Ducks J S Giguere and Minny netminder Nicklas Backstrom. Can Teemu Selanne continue his “Cinderella” season? Can Scott Niedermayer slow down the Wild’s super fast Marion Gaborik? Minnesota’s Brian Rolston could be the star of this series.

Minnesota in 6


# 3 Vancouver Canucks vs Dallas Stars

Just 2 points separated the Canucks(105pts) and the Stars(107pts) this regular season. Both have all-star goaltenders in Roberto Luongo and Mart Turco. Both teams are excellent defensively. Vancouver had the best penalty killing % over the year, Dallas finished strong, going 8-1-2 their last 11 games. Canucks have the advantage of home ice if it goes to a seventh game. Won’t matter



Dallas in 6


# 4 Nashville Predators vs # 5 San Jose Sharks

Does it get any better? Jumbo Joe Thornton against Peter Forsberg. Great until Forsberg twists an ankle, or a back, or a wrist, or a……..Sharks won the opening round matchup against the Preds in last year’s playoffs in 5 games, but the boys from Music City, USA won 3 out of 4 against the Bay Area Brats in this year’s season series. Could be the most physical series in these years’ playoffs. Can the Sharks handle the aggressive Predators through a 7 game series? I think not.

Nashville in 6

Goldie's Picks:

Detroit vs. Calgary

There goes Randy and that western Canadian bias picking the Flames to beat the Wings. Ain't gonna happen. Calgary comes limping in, nearly blowing its playoff spot to Colorado after having a huge lead over the Avs. Hasek is playing for a contract and the Flames stink on the road. Winning at the Joe won't happen and the Wings will fly into the 2nd round. The Motown boys bust out the brooms.

Detroit in 4!

Anaheim vs. Minnesota

What a series early on. The winner could win the Cup...and so could the loser! The Ducks have Pronger and Niedermayer in defense. In a low scoring series these 2 will be the difference. Remember what Pronger did for Edmonton last season until his wife put the family pants on and got out of town! Go get "JS Giggy" wit it!
Anaheim in 7.

Vancouver vs. Dallas

First off, congrats to Roberto Luongo. He has had a super season and reached the playoffs for the 1st time. Unfortunately, he'll have an offseason of questions about being able to win in the playoffs. His team is led by the Sedins who will both be blanketed like Molller at a CFL night game in December!!! The Stars scoring from the blueline and hard nosed forwards will win it. And watch out for back-up goalie Mike Smith. If Marty Turco doesn't play well early Dallas won't hesitate to go to the bench early. Smith may be the best golaie you never heard of.

Stars shine in 6.


San Jose vs. Nashville

This is a 1st round doozy and the best series after Pitt-Ottawa. The Sharks beat the Preds last season and they will bite Nashville again. The Cheechoo train got on track late in the regualr season and that thing will keep on chugging in the playoffs. San Jose knows how to beat the Preds. Draw penalties and cash in on the power play.

Sharks swim in 6 games.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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