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Oh, Western Conference ... how you baffle us.

Can Dany Heatley(notes) turn the San Jose Sharks from chokers to champs? Will Roberto Luongo(notes) cry tears of joy rather than embarrassment at the end of his postseason run? Will teams like the St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets continue to improve, or is it time for a team like the Los Angeles Kings to become the flavor of the year?

Do the reigning conference champs, the Detroit Red Wings, have one more Cup run in them? Can conference runners-up the Chicago Blackhawks overcome the self-inflicted injuries to their own hockey karma to win it all?

So many questions. As we did this morning with the Eastern Conference predictions, the so-called experts -- Wyshynski, Leahy, Two-Line, Dmitry and Dobber - are back to figure out a thing or two about the West. (Stanley Cup predictions will be up on Thursday.)

Who will win the Campbell?

Here are the standings:

Greg Wyshynski, editor

1. San Jose Sharks
2. Detroit Red Wings
3. Vancouver Canucks
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. Anaheim Ducks
6. Calgary Flames
7. Columbus Blue Jackets
8. Dallas Stars

Conference Champion: Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver's the pick in the West, despite the Tolkien-length road trip and the fact that many of their top players are going to log serious minutes during the Olympics. I love the scrappy mix up front. I believe Luongo's finally going to put it together in the postseason. But I have a confession here: This pick is made with the hope that Mike Gillis adds that final, veteran forward (that isn't an aged bald Swede) later in the season. The lineup needs its Trevor Linden(notes) type, and here's hoping they find it.

It came down to the Canucks and the Blackhawks for me, and Vancouver's the pick for two reasons: Goaltending and good karma. As in what the Canucks possess that the Blackhawks do not.

The San Jose Sharks don't want to be on autopilot again for the conference regular-season title, but they will be; especially with the Dany Heatley/Joe Thornton(notes) combo putting up huge numbers. The Detroit Red Wings will once again be dogged with questions about their goaltending because they have few flaws otherwise.

The Ducks have strong goaltending and a couple of solid lines. I'm not in love with Calgary as much as other people, simply because of its offense -- although Brent Sutter teams score more than anyone gives them credit for. The Blue Jackets will make the cut and lose in the first round again. The Dallas Stars have too much talent at forward not to rebound, although you'd like a little more on the blue line with Marty Turco(notes) back there.

If there's a sleeper, it's the Los Angeles Kings, but I trust their goaltending about as far as I can throw Drew Doughty(notes).

Sean Leahy, associate editor

1. San Jose Sharks
2. Detroit Red Wings
3. Vancouver Canucks
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. Anaheim Ducks
6. Calgary Flames
7. Columbus Blue Jackets
8. Edmonton Oilers

Conference Champion: Chicago Blackhawks

San Jose is one of the best regular-season teams in recent memory. That's why they're an easy pick to finish atop the Western Conference, especially with the addition of Dany Heatley. That isn't to say they're going to do damage in the playoffs. Oh, no, let's not get ahead of ourselves. I've been burned by the Sharks before and I've learned my lesson. Having Edmonton claim the final spot in the West also ensure the juicy, upset special of Oilers-Sharks, with Heatley enjoying a Bronx cheer every time he's on the ice at Rexall Place.

Ryan "The Two-Line Pass" Lambert, "What We Learned" columnist

1. Chicago Blackhawks
2. San Jose Sharks
3. Calgary Flames
4. Detroit Red Wings (more points than Calgary, but you know how it goes.)
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. St. Louis Blues
7. Minnesota Wild
8. Phoenix Coyotes

Conference Champion: Detroit Red Wings

This is the year someone unseats the Red Wings, and the Sharks will take a step back because I really think Evgeni Nabokov's(notes) a bit past it. Detroit will finish with more points than Calgary, which will edge Vancouver by the slimmest of margins to win the Northwest, to take the fourth and final home playoff spot. St. Louis made the playoffs last year despite having about 65 of their best players out for most of the season. I think coaching changes will energize both Minnesota and Phoenix into surprisingly strong seasons.

Dobber, Fantasy Hockey Columnist

1. San Jose Sharks
2. Chicago Blackhawks
3. Calgary Flames
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. St. Louis Blues
7. Columbus Blue Jackets
8. Los Angeles Kings

Conference Champion: San Jose Sharks

The Kings are the next young team to have a surprise season. The Red Wings' impenetrable armor is finally showing some cracks after nearly two decades -- weak goaltending and an aging Lidstrom. They're a season-ending Zetterberg injury away from missing the playoffs altogether. The teams of the future -- Chicago, St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angles and Phoenix all make strides. Anaheim looks like they have a second line -- but it's an illusion.

Dmitry Chesnokov, writer and interviewer extraordinaire

1. San Jose Sharks
2. Detroit Red Wings
3. Vancouver Canucks
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. Calgary Flames
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. Edmonton Oilers
8. Columbus Blue Jackets

Conference Champion: San Jose Sharks

Heatley will breathe better following his departure from the pressure that is Canada, and will lead the Sharks to the President Trophy. Nikita Filatov(notes) will have a Calder year and Columbus will make it. Detroit will still have more experience than the young Blackhawks. Luongo will have a Vezina year. Edmonton -- the surprise of the season.

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