2014 NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals Predictions


Another season (this one not shortened by a lockout mercifully) has ended, and it’s time for the most exciting, nail-biting, beard-tastic time of the year: Playoff time.

I need to lay off the frosting.

I need to lay off the frosting.

Last year’s playoff predictions went well (and by well, I mean dismally), but it won’t deter us from trying again. Without further ado, here are the predictions for the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The predictions are broken down by a series per page, so check ‘em out (by clicking the page numbers at the bottom).

Anaheim Ducks vs Dallas Stars


The ladies love Tyler Seguin.

Teemu Selanne is retiring when the playoffs end. While this depresses most hockey fans to no end, he couldn’t have been part of a better team for his last run, as the Ducks are loaded for the playoffs. Losing Bobby Ryan didn’t hurt them as bad as some felt, and the superb goaltending by John Gibson, Jonas Hiller, now-traded Viktor Fasth (who has to be taking this well, I’m sure), and Frederik Anderson propelled them to the top of the West.

Dallas has a good goalie in Kari Lehtonen, and the offensive power of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, though, so Anaheim needs to watch out or they’ll get stunned. In the grand scheme of things, however, Dallas only got in because the Coyotes pulled a Mike Smith and flopped out of contention. Anaheim is playing for Teemu, and they will keep playing.

Winner: Ducks over Stars in 5

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