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NHL Playoff Preview: Sharks vs. Flames

by Jeff Briggs

Since I, nor most anyone I know follows hockey religiously I asked someone who does to take a look at the upcoming hockey playoffs. For this I turned to my roommate John, who not only follows hockey, but may be the only person alive who subscribes to the NHL Center Ice package.

#2 San Jose Sharks vs. #7 Calgary Flames

(Season Series – Flames Lead 3-1)

The San Jose Sharks sure looked impressive as they charged up the Western Conference Standings to take their first Pacific Division title since 2004. In fact, they did not lose a single game in regulation during the entire month of March (15-0-2). Meanwhile, Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames battled it out in deep Northwest division to snag the #7 seed. This series showcases two very talented goaltenders, one that very well could win the Vezina Trophy, as the regular season’s best goalie (Evgeni Nabokov - Sharks). Nonetheless, this series will be won up front where the Sharks are big and talented, starting with former MVP Joe Thornton. Calgary won the season series with 3 one-goal victories, so expect some close games, but the amount of skill the Sharks can throw out there in addition to their size is just too much for the Flames. This is the best team in the league right now and my pick to lift the cup in June.

Prediction:

Sharks in 5 games.