"The Stars Align Setting Up Sharks and Ducks"

Stephen DiSchiaviCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 17:  Marcel Goc #11 of the San Jose Sharks skates in with the puck as he is watched by Kent Huskins #40 and Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at the Honda Center on October 17, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Western Conference seeds had to wait for the St. Louis Blues to either win or lose their final game to determine where each team would fall. Columbus sat in the sixth seed, two points ahead of St. Louis and Anaheim sat in the seventh spot only one point ahead.

After witnessing a very dramatic and controversial Ducks loss against the San Jose Sharks at home, one could only wish for another game against these two clubs. A loss by the Blues would keep the Ducks pegged against Detroit and a win would drop them down to face the Sharks. As much as fans would hate their team dropping a position in the standings I believe hockey fans, not just Ducks fans, were hoping for a Blues win. 

The stars have seemed to have aligned after a crazy weekend having St. Louis win, Columbus lose, and Anaheim tie, in their final regular season games setting the teams up in the sixth, seventh, and eighth seeds respectively. 

The Ducks and Sharks are now slated for a blood bath of a series and I believe both teams are ready for the challenge. What better way for San Jose to finally climb that ladder to the Stanley Cup Finals by beating a former Stanley Cup champion?

What better way for Anaheim to make a statement and march on from the eighth seed walking away from San Jose and beating the NHL's 2008-2009 President Trophy winning Sharks?

This series holds a lot of bad blood between the teams and should be one of the most exciting to watch in the first round. This will not be your regular first seed beating on a helpless eighth seed. It is not an eighth seed Cinderella story or a David & Goliath battle.

This is a battle of two juggernauts ready to go at it at the drop of the first puck. These two teams will go toe to toe and will not disappoint. Let's hope that Chris Lee and Dan O'Rourke do not officiate at all in this series or have learned from the previous game between the two clubs what was missed. If not then we will have a blood bath in California that will go the distance in a deciding and exciting game 7.