It doesn’t take a detective to deduce which series I find most compelling (hint: look at the title of the slideshow), but I’m going to give a little love to the other three before discussing Preds-Yotes.
Here’s the skinny on each series:
Los Angeles and St. Louis is intriguing because it’s a big-city team with superstars facing a small-city team that’s build around team defense. In St. Louis, the symbol on the front of their sweaters is certainly more well known than the names on the back.
Washington and New York has typically been a lopsided matchup. The Blueshirts have scared the Capitals in the past, but usually, Washington comes in as a top seed and wins the series.
This time around, however, the Rangers are the top seed and supposed to represent the East in the Finals. We’ll see if the Rangers can turn the tables on the Caps. It’s a showdown of superstars and should go down to the wire.
The Devils-Flyers series is a big-brother, little-brother matchup.
Because of the proximity to Philly, there are a lot of Flyers fans in New Jersey. However, the Devils’ success has allowed them to build up their own fanbase. These two teams play each other frequently, they’re in the same division and certainly there will be some households that are split over which team to cheer for in this series.
Finally, the league will win either way with the Nashville and Phoenix series.
Nashville is an up-and-coming franchise that has established itself in Tennessee. They made it to the first round the last two years and the playoffs for seven of the last eight seasons.
The Coyotes organization is hanging on by a thread, but coach Dave Tippett has his makeshift roster playing solid defense and in position to move to the Western Conference Finals.
The following is an in-depth breakdown of the first three series and five reasons why the Coyotes-Predators series is the most compelling matchup offered.
Tom Schreier is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. He covers hockey and baseball.
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