Stanley Cup Playoffs : Western Conference 1st Round Preview

Jonathan Daniel

Anaheim Ducks (2) vs Detroit Red Wings (7)

Season Series: Red Wings 2-1-0

Feb. 15 -- Ducks win 5-2 at Detroit
Mar. 22 -- Red Wings win 5-1 at Anaheim
Mar. 24 -- Red Wings win 2-1 at Anaheim

Series Schedule:

Tue 4/30/13 9:30 P.M. DET @ ANA
Thur 5/2/13 9 P.M. DET @ ANA
Sat 5/4/13 6:30 P.M. ANA @ DET
Mon 5/6/13 8 P.M. ANA @ DET
*Wed 5/8/13 9 P.M. DET @ ANA
*Fri 5/10/13 TBD ANA @ DET
*Sun 5/12/13 TBD DET @ ANA

Anaheim Ducks

SB Nation Blog(s): Anaheim Calling, Battle of California

Regular Season Record: 30-12-6 • 66 Pts

Leading Scorers:

Player GP G A PTS +/-
Ryan Getzlaf 44 15 34 49 14
Corey Perry 44 15 21 36 10
Bobby Ryan 46 11 19 30 3
Saku Koivu 47 8 19 27 4
Teemu Selanne 46 12 12 24 -10

Goaltender(s):

Viktor Fasth 15-6-2, .921 save %, 2.18 GAA, 4 SO
Jonas Hiller 15-6-4, .913 save %, 2.36 GAA, 1 SO

Ex-Blackhawks Factor:

Jordan Hendry

Detroit Red Wings:

SB Nation Blog: Winging It In Motown

Regular Season Record: 24-16-8 • 56 Pts

Leading Scorers:

Player GP G A PTS +/-
Pavel Datsyuk 47 15 34 49 21
Henrik Zetterberg 46 11 37 48 2
Johan Franzen 41 14 17 31 13
Niklas Kronwall 48 5 24 29 -5
Damien Brunner 44 12 14 26 -6

Goaltender:

Jimmy Howard 21-13-7, .923 save %, 2.13 GAA, 5 SO

Ex-Blackhawks Factor:

Daniel Cleary

Storyline/Prediction

These two teams are no strangers to each other in post season play. The Ducks got out to a fantastic start and coasted into the 2nd seed. The Red Wings did not extend the playoff streak to 22 straight years until the final night of the season. Goaltender Jimmy Howard is one of the main reasons the Wings were able to claim the 7th seed. Since signing his new contract extension, he has played very well. The Ducks still have not said who their starting goaltender is between Viktor Fasthe and Jonas Hiller. Fasthe has never played in a playoff game and Hiller has just 13 games of post season experience. The team that gets more secondary scoring is going to come out on top. Anaheim really needs Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne to break out of their funks. If they don't it could be a very disappointing end to a successful season. Red Wings in 7

Vancover Canucks (3) vs San Jose Sharks (6)

Season Series: Sharks 3-0-0

Jan. 27 -- Sharks win 4-1 at San Jose
Mar. 05 -- Sharks win 3-2 at Vancouver (SO)
Apr. 01 -- Sharks win 3-2 at San Jose

Series Schedule:

Weds 5/1/13 9:30 P.M. SJS @ VAN
Fri 3/13 9 P.M. SJS @ VAN
Sun 5/5/13 9 P.M. VAN @ SJS
Tue 5/7/13 9 P.M. VAN @ SJS
*Thur 5/9/13 9 P.M. SJS @ VAN
*Sat 5/11/13 TBD VAN @ SJS
*Mon 5/13/13 TBD SJS @ VAN

Vancouver Canucks

SB Nation Blog: Nucks Misconduct

Regular Season Record: 26-15-7 • 59 Pts

Leading Scorers:

Player GP G A PTS +/-
Henrik Sedin 48 11 34 45 19
Daniel Sedin 47 12 28 40 12
Jannik Hansen 47 10 17 27 12
Alexandre Burrows 47 13 11 24 15
Dan Hamhuis 47 4 20 24 9

Goaltender(s):

Cory Schneider 17-9-4, .927 save %, 2.11 GAA, 5 SO
Roberto Luongo 9-6-3, .907 save %, 2.56 GAA, 2 SO

Ex-Blackhawks Factor:

Andrew Ebbett, Cam Barker

San Jose Sharks

SB Nation Blogs: Fear The Fin, Battle of California

Regular Season Record: 25-16-7 • 57 Pts

Leading Scorers:

Player GP G A PTS +/-
Joe Thornton 48 7 33 40 6
Logan Couture 48 21 16 37 7
Patrick Marleau 48 17 14 31 -2
Joe Pavelski 48 16 15 31 2
Brent Burns 30 9 11 20 0

Goaltender:

Antti Niemi 24-12-6, .924 save %, 2.16 GAA, 4 SO

Ex-Blackhawks Factor:

Adam Burish, Antti Niemi, Martin Havlat

Storyline/Prediction

Talk about a series featuring two teams I could care less about! Both teams have been through a roller coaster season. This was supposed to be the year for Cory Schneider to become the number one goalie in Riot City. After the Canucks could not move Roberto Luongo in the off season, which surprised no one, Schneider struggled out of the gate. He was able to reclaim the starting job but a mysterious injury kept him out of the final two games of the regular season. If Schneider is healthy, he will be the starter, that is until Alain Vigneault's itchy trigger finger strikes again. The Sharks started as hot as anyone the first couple weeks of the season. They then found themselves playing some of the worse hockey outside of the state of Florida. They put together a really nice final six weeks of the season to secure the 6th seed. As much as I would love to see another Canucks post season meltdown, and it will happen at some point, it is so hard to cheer for a team that signs the paychecks of Joe Thornton and Raffi Torres. Canucks in 6

St Louis Blues (4) vs Los Angeles Kings (5)

Season Series: Kings 3-0-0

Feb. 11 -- Kings 4-1 at St. Louis
Mar. 5 -- Kings 6-4 at Los Angeles
Mar. 28 -- Kings 4-2 at St. Louis

Series Schedule:

Tue 4/30/13 7 P.M. LAK @ STL
Thur 5/2/13 8:30 P.M. LAK @ STL
Sat 5/4/13 9 P.M. STL @ LAK
Mon 5/6/13 9 P.M. STL @ LAK
*Wed 5/8/13 TBD LAK @ STL
*Fri 5/10/13 TBD STL @ LAK
*Mon 5/13/13 TBD LAK @ STL

St Louis Blues

SB Nation Blog: St Louis Game Time

Regular Season Record: 29-17-2 • 60 Pts

Leading Scorers:

Player GP G A PTS +/-
Chris Stewart 48 18 18 36 0
David Backes 48 6 22 28 5
Alex Steen 40 8 19 27 5
Patrik Berglund 48 17 8 25 -2
David Perron 48 10 15 25 0

Goaltender:

Brian Elliott 14-8-1, .907 save %, 2.28 GAA, 3 SO

Ex-Blackhawk Factor

Scott Nichol

Los Angeles Kings

SB Nation Blogs: Jewels From The Crown, Battle of California

Regular Season Record: 27-16-5 • 59 Pts

Leading Scorers:

Player GP G A PTS +/-
Anze Kopitar 47 10 32 42 14
Jeff Carter 48 26 7 33 0
Justin Williams 48 11 22 33 15
Mike Richards 48 12 20 32 -8
Dustin Brown 46 18 11 29 6

Goaltender:

Jonathan Quick 18-13-4, .902 save %, 2.45 GAA, 1 SO

Ex-Blackhawks Factor:

Colin Fraser

Storyline/Prediction

Last season the Blues were victim number two on the Kings rampage towards the Stanley Cup. This series could be the best of the 1st round. These two teams are very evenly matched. They are both big teams that love to be physical. Whoever comes out of this series is be beaten up, that's for sure. The Kings are going into the playoffs playing their best hockey of the season, much like last year. I don't think there are many people in Chicago that wants to see the defending champs, since their style gives the Blackhawks fits. The Kings will need Jonathan Quick to regain his Conn Smythe form if they want to have any shot at repeating. If he can relive his post season play from a year ago, LA is going to be a very tough out. I can not put faith in a team that has David Backes as its captain and boasts Chris Stewart as its leading scorer. Kings in 7

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