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Preds Broadcasters Look at the NHL Conference Finals

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators broadcasters Tom Callahan, Terry Crisp, and Pete Weber continue to break down the 2009 NHL playoffs with their predictions in the Conference Finals match-ups.

Round 2 Results:
West: #2 Detroit d. #8 Anaheim, 4-3; #4 Chicago d. #3 Vancouver, 4-2
East: #6 Carolina d. #1 Boston, 4-3; #4 Pittsburgh d. #2 Washington, 4-3

Round 1 Results:

West: #8 Anaheim d. #1 San Jose, 4-2; #2 Detroit d. #7 Columbus, 4-0; #3 Vancouver d. #6 St. Louis, 4-0; #4 Chicago d. #5 Calgary, 4-2
East: #1 Boston d. #8 Montreal, 4-0; #2 Washington d. #7 NY Rangers, 4-3; #6 Carolina d. #3 New Jersey, 4-3; #4 Pittsburgh d. #5 Philadelphia 4-2

Rating the Experts
Pete Weber - 9 of 12 (4 of 6 in Western Conference)
Tom Callahan - 8 of 12 (3 of 6 in Western Conference)
Terry Crisp - 8 of 12 (5 of 6 in Western Conference) - 7 of 12 (5 of 6 in Western Conference)

Western Conference

#2 Detroit vs. #4 Chicago Series Main Page | Series Preview
2008-09 Series Results: 4-2 Detroit (Detroit 4-2-0, 8 pts; Chicago 2-2-2, 6 pts)
Predictions: (Detroit by split decision)
Tom Callahan - Chicago in 7
Terry Crisp - Detroit in 6
Pete Weber - Detroit in 6 - Detroit in 7
Pete Weber's Take: While I picked the Blue Jackets to upset Detroit in the opening round and thought they would have trouble with Anaheim in the second, they have survived. While I think Chicago is capable of winning this series, even after losing the opening game, I believe Detroit has overcome the biggest challenge – simply moving on to this point. The Red Wings have so much more overall Cup-winning experience than the Blackhawks, who may prove to be the emerging power in the West, that I can’t go against them now.

Eastern Conference
#4 Pittsburgh vs. #6 Carolina Series main Page | Series Preview
2008-09 Series Results: split 2-2 (Pittsburgh 2-1-1, 5 pts; Carolina 2-2-0, 4 pts)
Predictions: (split)
Tom Callahan - Pittsburgh in 7
Terry Crisp - Pittsburgh in 6
Pete Weber - Carolina in 7 - Carolina in 6
Pete Weber's Take: I don’t think the Hurricanes want it any other way – probably with Game 7 going into overtime again. The Hurricanes won the Cup in 2006 with Cam Ward in net – and he has put on a great show so far in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Ward’s team vs. all-time great Mary Brodeur’s: who won? Ward and the Hurricanes against Tim Thomas and the best team in the East? It was Ward again. This series will be far more than the two elder Staals battling. We will probably be reminded of Orpik’s hit from behind on Cole three years ago and we will hear plenty about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but the Hurricanes play so well as a team. Get ready for more of Jussi Jokinen!

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