Pacific Division

1. Golden State Warriors

Signing Kevin Durant, even for only one season, creates another super team in the NBA.

2. Los Angeles Clippers

If they are healthy they could be a contender in the Western Conference.

3. Phoenix Suns

Their backcourt rotation is among the best in the league.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

With a new head coach and direction, this team could be a good one for years to come.

5. Sacramento Kings

They finally hired a good head coach, now with a new arena they need to settle on a stable roster. Continue reading “Pacific Division”

Stanley Cup Prediction

STANLEY CUP

Eastern Conference

1. Washington Capitals vs. 4. Philadelphia Flyers

2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 3. New York Islanders

1. Florida Panthers vs. 4. New York Rangers

2. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 3. Montreal Canadiens

Western Conference

1. St. Louis Blues vs. 4. Arizona Coyotes

2. Dallas Stars vs. 3. Chicago Blackhawks

1. Los Angeles Kings vs. 4. Nashville Predators

2. San Jose Sharks vs. 3. Anaheim Ducks

Conference Finals

Panthers over Islanders

Blues over Sharks

Stanley Cup Finals

Blues over Panthers

Pacific Division

1. Los Angeles Kings

When everything is clicking, they are tough to beat.

2. San Jose Sharks

They came fairly close to hoisting their first Cup. They’ll look to cash in and finish it this year.

3. Anaheim Ducks

It’s a bit like deja vu with the re-hiring of former head coach Randy Carlyle.

4. Arizona Coyotes

A solid offseason return has them poised to sneak up on some division rivals.

5. Edmonton Oilers

The health and progression of Conor McDavid will determine this teams success.

6. Vancouver Canucks

Other than a handful of productive scoring forwards, where is the rest of the offensive output?

7. Calgary Flames

With another coaching change the Flames will look to chart a different course. Continue reading “Pacific Division”

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: F Wayne Simmonds and G Braden Holtby

Who Wins: Capitals in 6 games

Metropolitan Division #3 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Players to Watch: F Derek Stepan and F Phil Kessel

Who Wins: Penguins in 7 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Atlantic Division Winner

New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers

Players to Watch: F John Tavares and D Aaron Ekblad

Who Wins: Panthers in 6 games

Atlantic Division #3 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: F Dylan Larkin and G Ben Bishop

Who Wins: Lightning in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Central Division Winner

Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars

Players to Watch: F Zach Parise and F Tyler Seguin

Who Wins: Stars in 6 games

Central Division #3 vs. Central Division #2

Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: F Patrick Kane and F Vladimir Tarasenko

Who Wins: Blackhawks in 6 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: F Filip Forsberg and F Ryan Kesler

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games

Pacific Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings

Players to Watch: F Joe Pavelski and D Drew Doughty

Who Wins: Kings in 6 games