Let's hope that LA goes on a tear and finishes 3rd, and LA & Chicago beat each other up in round 1.coco_canuck wrote: The 7-8 spot can be easily interchanged, but I think SJ finishes strong to wrap up their division and as long as Chicago wins one more game they're all but guaranteed the 6th seed.
I think the Blues will be more susceptible to a 1st round upset because of their lack of playoff experience and goal scoring. They'll face a defensive team in a similar to mold to themselves. I still wouldn't bet on LA or Phx to beat the Blues...well maybe I might...but I wouldn't at all be surprised if they get bounced.
Either way, it looks like Van will face SJ, Det or Nashville in the 2nd round if they get past the opener, unless the Blues are upset in the opening round.
It looks to be a treacherous road to the Cup in the West this year.
The Sharks (or PHX) in round 1 would probably be best, but truthfully any team in the playoffs will be tough, there aren't crap teams that make it like there were in a 21 team NHL.
I'm thinking that if Blues, 'Nucks, Hawks and either Wings or Preds make it to round 2, it looks like we will get the Hawks in round 2, or if the 3rd seed gets in for round 2 we'll get LA or the Sharks.