On Wednesday, we presented you with our 2011-12 NHL Eastern Conference prognostications, many of which will prove to be accurate and many of which we'll just pretend never happened by the end of the season.
Now it's time to break down the Western Conference standings with our usual blend of half-baked logic and bravery in the face of inevitably folly.
Who will emerge from the West as a Stanley Cup Finalist? Who makes the cut? Who missed the cut? Glad you asked …
The panel consists of Sean Leahy, associate editor; Harrison Mooney, associate editor; Dmitry Chesnokov, senior writer; Ryan Lambert, columnist and man about town; Darryl "Dobber" Dobbs, fantasy hockey guru and founder of DobberHockey.com; and Greg Wyshynski, editor.
Greg Wyshynski, Editor
1. Vancouver Canucks
2. San Jose Sharks
3. Chicago Blackhawks
4. Los Angeles Kings
5. Detroit Red Wings
6. St. Louis Blues
7. Minnesota Wild
8. Nashville Predators
West champ: San Jose
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