Russo's Western Conference predictions

  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 9:37 PM
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MICHAEL RUSSO’S WESTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

1. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

2013: 36-7-5, 1st in NHL (77 points)

• No Stanley Cup hangover for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, the NHL’s deepest blue line and the league’s most disrespected stingy goalie, Corey Crawford.

2. LOS ANGELES KINGS

2013: 27-16-5, 5th in West (59 points)

• 2012 Cup champs still are stacked with experience up front … and Jonathan Quick in net. Enough said.

3. ST. LOUIS BLUES

2013: 29-17-2, 4th in West (60 points)

• Blues are the sum of their parts. No explosive point-getters, but tons of balance and size and a defensive structure.

4. SAN JOSE SHARKS

2013: 25-16-7, 6th in West (57 points)

• Made the playoffs in 14 of the past 15 years, and Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski are poised to lead a team that went 12-5-1 down the stretch and nearly upset the Kings.

5. ANAHEIM DUCKS

2013: 30-12-6, 2nd in West (66 points)

• Maybe the NHL’s most shocking team last season, the Ducks will be relying on young Jakob Silfverberg and Emerson Etem to aid top-liners Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

6. MINNESOTA WILD

2013: 26-19-3, 8th in West (55 points)

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Pittsburgh - WP: B. Morris 8 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 7
Atlanta 0 Postponed
Philadelphia 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
NY Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Cleveland 0 Postponed
Detroit 0
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 11
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 7
Seattle - LP: B. Beavan 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 5
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada 1
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 1 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 2
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: L. Harrell 2
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 3
NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo 0
Oakland - WP: J. Johnson 10 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: Y. Herrera 9
Colorado - WP: J. Nicasio 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: R. Erlin 2
Los Angeles - LP: B. League 2 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 3
New York 109 FINAL
Brooklyn 98
Denver 105 FINAL
LA Clippers 117
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