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Goldie & Moller's Western Conference Picks

Thursday, 04.12.2007 / 1:20 PM / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
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R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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