I personally like retreating to the empty upper bowl bleachers if I can get away with it. Few kids there, and I can pretend to be a PBP commentator to my heart's content without anyone giving me an odd look. :p
Anyways, Medicine Hat is a solid club and should give us some good competition. Sanford, Cox and Valk have all had excellent playoffs offensively and Tommy Vanelli is a gem of an attacking blueliner. That said, I fully expect the Oil Kings to beat them in 5.
Portland/Kelowna should be an awesome series- the attrition in that one will undoubtedly weaken the victor for the championship round, which bodes well for the Kings should they play to expectations vs the Hat.
The OKs look so strong, but I still have a bad feeling when we go up against Portland or Kelowna. Those teams are very good. I just hope they're beaten up by the time the west champion goes against (we hope) us.
They were able to beat both in the regular season, but everything changes in the playoffs. Portland is so fast, it's ridiculous.
OKs are different than most teams in the West because of their system play. There isn't another team in the WHL that has the combination of dedicated systems play and impressive roster talent that the OKs do. As a result, they have a solid shot at winning the WHL title once again.