Congratulations to the San Jose Sharks on winning the Campbell Bowl as the NHL Western Conference last night by defeating St Louis Blues in best of seven, 4-2. The Sharks will play the winner of the Eastern Conference, Pittsburg Penguins or Tampa Bay Lightning, on Monday. It will be their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.
NHL Conference SemiFinals start on Friday for the Western Conference. Here are the match ups in the West and in the East.
|Blues – Kings||Blues in 6|
|Coyotes – Predators||Predators in 6|
|Rangers – Capitals||Rangers in 7|
|Flyers – Devils||Devils in 7|
I will have links to the schedule after tonight’s games.
Update: Second Round schedule is found here.
Here is a recap of the my NHL Conference Quarterfinals predictions:
|Rangers – Senators||Rangers in 5||Rangers in 7||+2|
|Bruins – Capitals||Bruins in 6||Capitals in 7||+1|
|Panthers – Devils||Devils in 6||Devils in 7||+1|
|Penguins – Flyers||Penguins in 7||Flyers in 6||-1|
In the East, I was 3-1 with a +3 in the number of games played.
|Canucks – Kings||Canucks in 5||Kings in 5||0|
|Blues – Sharks||Blues in 6||Blues in 5||-1|
|Coyotes – Blackhawks||Blackhawks in 7||Coyotes in 6||-1|
|Predators – Red Wings||Predators in 7||Predators in 5||-2|
In the West, I was 2-2 with a -4 in the number of games played.
Update: corrected title of post.
The chase for the 2012 Stanley Cup begins tomorrow. In the States, NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports Network, and NHL Network (US) will be broadcasting the games. NHL.com has great coverage for this year’s playoff. Check out the schedule link and each of the quarterfinal links below.
|Rangers – Senators||Rangers in 5|
|Bruins – Capitals||Bruins in 6|
|Panthers – Devils||Devils in 6|
|Penguins – Flyers||Penguins in 7|
|Canucks – Kings||Canucks in 5|
|Blues – Sharks||Blues in 6|
|Coyotes – Blackhawks||Blackhawks in 7|
|Predators – Red Wings||Predators in 7|
Here are the known 2011-2012 NHL Awards winners to date:
President Trophy (League best club)
Campbell and Prince of Wales Trophy winners will be known when the Conference Finals are played in May. Later this month, NHL will announce the nominees for the remaining awards this month. These award winners will be announced at NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas upon the conclusion of the playoffs.