NHL Playoffs Tickets ? NHL Teams Set For Conference Quarterfinals
Series A: Washington Capitals versus the Montreal Canadiens – The Capitals will host first, beginning on April 15. The Capitals finished ranked first in the Eastern Conference (first in the league) with a record of 54-15-13. They finished the season winning five out of their last six games. The Canadiens will have their hands full, as they are ranked eighth in the conference with a record of 39-33-10.
Series B: New Jersey Devils versus Philadelphia Flyers – The New Jersey Devils were ranked second (sixth in the NHL) with top stars like Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac. They will face off against Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers, who were ranked seventh (18th in the league).
Series C: Buffalo Sabres versus Boston Bruins – Sabres stars like Derek Roy, Tim Connolly and Jason Pominville helped the team nab a third-place ranking with a record of 45-27-10. The Boston Bruins were ranked sixth in the conference with a record of 39-30-13 and stars like Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara.
Series D: Pittsburgh Penguins versus Ottawa Senators – Easily the most exciting game in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, this matchup is sure to draw a crowd. The Penguins are the defending Stanley Cup champions and are ranked fourth in their conference. Right behind them are the Ottawa Senators, who will have to contend with Penguins stars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with weapons of their own like Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher.
Series E: San Jose Sharks versus Colorado Avalanche – The San Jose Sharks finished on top of the Western Conference with a record of 51-20-11. They have many scoring threats like Patrick Marleau, Dan Heatley and Joe Thornton. The eighth-ranked Avalanche will try an upset with help from stars like Chris Stewart, Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny.
Series F: Chicago Blackhawks versus Nashville Predators – The Blackhawks finished just behind the Sharks with a record of 52-22-8 and third in the league. Their forceful offense is led by Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. The Predators reached the seventh-ranked spot with help from Patric Hornqvist, Martin Erat and Steve Sullivan.
Series G: Vancouver Canucks versus Los Angeles Kings – The Vancouver Canucks were third in the conference and fifth in the league. The Kings could have a hard time keeping track of the Canucks' twin stars, Henrik and Daniel Sedin. The Kings will try to counter with stars like Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Dustin Brown.
Series H: Phoenix Coyotes versus Detroit Redwings – This matchup is perhaps the most interesting in the entire Conference Semifinals. The Phoenix Coyotes fought hard through the end of the season to finish fourth in their conference. Despite being ranked higher than the Red Wings, the Coyotes will have no easy wins during the series. The Red Wings made it to the Stanley Cup finals last season and know what it takes to make it to the top spot.