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Friday, January 18, 2013

Western Conference Predictions 2013

Below are my predictions for the Western Conference. Due to time restraints, I will be limiting my predictions to the order in which teams will finish in their Divisions, as well as a brief analysis on which teams will make the playoffs. Later in the season I will update my predictions.

Central Division
St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Blackhawks
Nashville Predators
Columbus Blue Jackets

Northwest Division
Vancouver Canucks
Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers

Pacific Division
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Phoenix Coyotes
Anaheim Ducks
Dallas Stars

Teams that should make the playoffs this year are: Canucks, Blues, Red Wings, Wild, Kings, Blackhawks, Predators, and Sharks. The Coyotes, Ducks, Avalanche, and Stars can push for the final playoff spot and one or even two of them might just make it. The Avalanche are improved this year and blew their last ten games last year (thus eliminating themselves from the playoffs). They could surprise. If Mike Smith plays outstanding again this year he could catapult the Coyotes into the playoffs. If the Ducks put forth a genuine effort they could make the playoffs. The Stars have to get Jamie Benn signed and also Derek Roy on the ice. If that happens soon they have a shot. I feel that the Flames, Oilers, and Blue Jackets will fall short. The Predators will not do as well this year and could be caught. The Sharks can be eliminated from post season action if they don’t give 100 % effort for all 48 games. If Crawford does not improve off of last year’s performance, the Blackhawks could also be caught.
 
TJ Stanley