Many Questions to Answer in Wild West
April 11, 2009 by Big Tony
The Western Conference playoff teams have been decided and only seeding is left to be determined. Congratulations to the San Jose Sharks for winning their first President’s Trophy in the team’s history. Also, Columbus is in the playoffs for the first time since the team’s inception into the NHL. There is also plenty of excitement in St. Louis and Chicago who are back in the playoffs for the first time since the lock-out. Along with those facts there are some exciting stories developing amongst the teams who have qualified for the playoffs. Will Detroit be able to repeat or is there goaltending finally going to get the best of them? Is Chicago’s young team ready for the spotlight on the big stage or is this going to be a quick “dry run” resulting in an early exit. How will the fans in Columbus react to the normal highs and lows of a playoff run? Will San Jose finally get over the hump and enjoy the playoff success that many people believe their team should experience? Will the Ducks of two years ago re-emerge and possibly get the puck back to Anaheim? Can Calgary live up to the trade-deadline hype that developed around their acquisition of Olli Jokinen ? There are a lot of questions to be answered and many stories to be played out. It will be a lot of fun to watch the match-ups get locked in and for the playoffs to get rolling. No matter who you’re rooting for and regardless of which Conference that team belongs to every Western Conference Playoff series will have incredible story lines and will be extremely exciting.