NHL playoffs: The best teams in Europe from 2018-19
The NHL playoffs began on Saturday and the Western Conference was in the thick of it.
The best teams from 2018 to 2019 are all from Western Europe, and the teams from this group were the most consistent.
Here are the five teams in the Western conference that stood out this season, based on their performance during the playoffs.
The Columbus Blue Jackets made the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
The team won the Eastern Conference title with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
The Blue Jackets have had success in the Eastern conference during the first half of the season.
The Jackets’ success is what made the team the third seed in the conference.
They went through the first round without losing a game during the regular season.
Columbus has a strong fan base in Columbus and the Blue Jackets are the only team in the NHL to have more than 5,000 fans in the stadium.
The NHL is playing a hard schedule with eight games in the first four weeks of the regular schedule.
They play the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.
This is a good opportunity to play some of their best hockey.
It will be a tough matchup in Columbus.
The Montreal Canadiens went undefeated in the regular playoffs, winning all eight games.
They are looking to end their five-game losing streak against the Toronto Blue Jays, who have lost three straight and are on the brink of elimination.
They lost to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.
The Canadiens are still looking for their first win in five games.
The Los Angeles Kings are the first team to make the playoffs in four years, with a 5-2 win over Montreal on Friday at Staples Center.
The Kings have been the favorites throughout the playoffs, but the Kings have struggled in recent weeks.
Los Angeles is in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The St. Louis Blues are the second team to win five straight games, and have won all four.
The Blues have a great record in the past four seasons and will try to make history for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship.
They have a strong home arena and can use the home crowd as a motivator.
The Edmonton Oilers went undefeated over the season, winning nine of their first 11 games and capturing the Memorial Cup in the process.
The Oilers have the second-best record in North America.
The Stanley Cup is the highest prize in the playoffs and the Oilers have a good chance of making it to the championship game.
The final is set for Saturday.
The Edmonton Oilers are a team that has the potential to have a very strong postseason.