After upending the Blackhawks juggernaut in a sweep two years ago, the Predators established themselves as one of the premier contenders in the West. They would go on to make the Stanley Cup Finals and give Pittsburgh all they could handle before bowing out in six. Last year they won the President’s Trophy and followed that up with another Central Division title this year. Now, this core looks to finally go all the way and bring the Stanley Cup to Tennessee.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars won the Central Division in 2016, but have failed to make the playoffs since then. However, this year the Stars finally put it all together and made a return to the postseason behind an improved defense and outstanding goaltending from starter Ben Bishop. They’re not just hoping to make it in, but to make some serious noise and win the Cup for the first time in twenty years.
Will the Predators win this first meeting of these Southern foes and maintain their status as Cup contenders? Or, can the Stars upend the Predators and make some noise of their own?
As we get closer and closer to April, the race to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is really starting to heat up, especially in the Western Conference. With many teams in the conference having struggled at certain points during the year, the cut-off line to make the playoffs is much lower than it has normally been. As a result, every team (even the now-last place Ducks) still has a realistic chance to make the playoffs. Let’s take a quick look at the playoff picture as it stands now. Continue Reading!
The first half of the NHL season has been interesting to say the least, chock full of surprises, drama, and suspense around every turn. Now that we’ve got past the all star break and every team is starting to get back into action, it’s time to reflect on the state of each team headed into the home stretch of the season. Continue Reading!