The Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us.
The regular season has ended. Six teams in the Western Conference have already cleaned out their lockers. Now the eight remaining teams prepare to hopefully take their games to another level, all for a chance to capture the most coveted trophy in all of sports.
The skates are sharpened, the laces tied and the pucks ready to drop. But with games starting Wednesday in the opening round, who has the edge?
Every team has their share of adversity to overcome. Some teams (like the St. Louis Blues) are slumping at the wrong time. Others (like the Colorado Avalanche) are dealing with more than their fair share of injuries. Still others (the San Jose Sharks) are trying to snap a streak of early exits.
Only one will emerge from the wild west. Here's a look at each of the remaining teams in the Western Conference,their first round opponent and the key to them playing for Lord Stanley's Cup.