HOTSPROTSTAKES NHL Playoff predictions

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The long grind of the NHL regular season is finally over and the best playoffs in professional sports gets underway tonight.

Can the Capitals finally get the monkey off their backs and make a deep run? Will the Penguins be the first team to repeat since the late 90s? Are the Blackhawks deep enough to win their fourth Stanley Cup in eight years? Or will the youth in Edmonton and Toronto find a way to bring glory to their long-suffering franchises?

The HST crew makes its picks for all that and more!

@Rovitz 

Western Conference Opening Round

Chicago def. Nashville in 5
Minnesota def. St. Louis in 7
Anaheim def. Calgary in 5
Edmonton def. San Jose in 6

Eastern Conference Opening Round

Washington def. Toronto in 5
Pittsburgh def. Columbus in 6
NY Rangers def. Montreal in 7
Boston def. Ottawa in 6

Western Conference Semis

Chicago def. Minnesota in 6
Edmonton def. Anaheim in 6

Eastern Conference Semis

Washington def. Pittsburgh in 7
NY Rangers def. Boston in 6

Western Conference Finals

Chicago def. Edmonton in 6

Eastern Conference Finals

Washington def. NY Rangers in 7

Stanley Cup Finals

Chicago def. Washington in 6

Conn Smythe Winner

Corey Crawford

Underdog that COULD make a deep run

Nashville Predators

RON EXPLAINS: In the West, it just seems like it’s set up for Chicago to make another run to the Final, as there were no dominant teams out there this year. The Blackhawks are a deeper team than last season, and that first-round exit only fuels them more. In the East, holy, every series with the exception of Boston-Ottawa in the first round seems like it could be a classic. You could make an argument for any of Washington, Pittsburgh, Columbus, New York or Montreal to win it all. I’m most interested in seeing what Connor McDavid and Austin Matthews do in their first taste of playoff hockey. I think McDavid could will the Oilers to a deep run by himself.


@AVKingJames

Western Conference Opening Round

Chicago def. Nashville in 7
St. Louis def. Minnesota in 6
Anaheim def. Calgary in 6
Edmonton def. San Jose in 5

Eastern Conference Opening Round

Washington def. Toronto in 5
Pittsburgh def. Columbus in 7
NY Rangers def. Montreal in 7
Boston def. Ottawa in 5

Western Conference Semis

St. Louis def. Chicago in 7
Edmonton def. Anaheim in 6

Eastern Conference Semis

Washington def. Pittsburgh in 7
NY Rangers def. Boston in 7

Western Conference Finals

St. Louis def. Edmonton in 6

Eastern Conference Finals

Washington def. NY Rangers in 7

Stanley Cup Finals

Washington def. St. Louis in 7

Conn Smythe Winner

Alex Ovechkin

Underdog that COULD make a deep run

Nashville Predators

JAMES EXPLAINS: Honestly, I don’t really follow PREAUX HAWKEY that much, so this is just based more on intuition and lucky guessing. Hey, this website didn’t say it was super serious.


@CallMeBednard

Western Conference Opening Round
 
Chicago def. Nashville in 4
Minnesota def. St. Louis in 6
Anaheim def. Calgary in 5
Edmonton def. San Jose in 5
Eastern Conference Opening Round
Washington def. Toronto in 5
Pittsburgh def. Columbus in 6
Montreal def. NY Rangers in 5
Boston def. Ottawa in 6
Western Conference Semis
Minnesota def. Chicago in 6
Edmonton def. Anaheim in 7
Eastern Conference Semis
Pittsburgh def. Washington in 6
Montreal def. Boston in 6
Western Conference Finals
Minnesota def. Edmonton in 7
Eastern Conference Finals
Pittsburgh def. Montreal in 6
Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh def. Minnesota in 5
Conn Smythe Winner
Phil “Cheeseburger” Kessel
Underdog that COULD make a deep run
Columbus Blue Jackets
SHAWN EXPLAINS: 
Pittsburgh is a complete team, even with key injuries to Carl Hagelin and Kris Letang. I just have this feeling about them, and from how I’ve seen them play this year, it’s another year for the Kings of Antarctica. I love Minnesota, and I’ve been saying that they’ve been poised for a deep run for years. While they’ve failed me in the past, this year they reach the cusp. Watch out for Edmonton though, Connor McDavid is one of the top five best players in the NHL right now, and he has an indescribable ability to really make those around him elevate to his level. Buckle up folks, the best time of the year is back.

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