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Pressure and Predictions in the NHL Playoffs

Published by on April 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

There is pressure on every NHL team that makes the playoffs, but three teams have added pressure on them this time around. If they do not have greater success than what they have had in recent years, internal upheavals may occur in the offseason.

Here are the three teams and why they have added pressure, followed by my playoff predictions for the first round.

 

San Jose Sharks

This team has the most pressure on them because they have to win two playoff rounds in order to be considered making progress. Defeat in the Conference Championship is the minimum that is acceptable. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Evgeni Nabokov will have to be extra visible in a positive way.

If the...

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