Nashville Predators win 1st-ever playoff series!

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 24: Fans of the Nashville Predators cheer during a timeout in a game against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

With today's historic win at Bridgestone Arena (recap coming later on), the Nashville Predators have moved on to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time in their history, finally breaking through after five previous attempts. But which team will they face? Since Detroit, the #3 seed in the West, has already swept Phoenix, it all boils down to the results of the other two series:

 VAN beats CHI   CHI beats VAN 
 SJS beats LAK  Vancouver Detroit
 LAK beats SJS Detroit Los Angeles

So, for example, if Vancouver beats Chicago, and San Jose beats Los Angeles, the Predators would get Vancouver. If Chicago and Los Angeles both win, it would be the Kings. The other two outcomes would have the Preds square off against their ultimate rival, the Detroit Red Wings.

Is there a particularly preferred or feared opponent here? The Preds went 2-2 against Vancouver, 4-1-1 against Detroit, 2-0-2 against San Jose, and 1-3 against the L.A. Kings. Feel free to discuss those possibilities below, as well as vote on your 1st round Predators MVP!

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