Stanley Cup Semifinals Preview


Eastern Conference

1. Florida Panthers vs. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: F Carter Verhaeghe and G Andrei Vasilevskiy

Who Wins: Lightning in 7 games

1. Carolina Hurricanes vs. 2. New York Rangers

Players to Watch: D Jaccob Slavin and G Igor Shesterkin

Who Wins: Hurricanes in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Colorado Avalanche vs. 3. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: D Cale Makar and G Jordan Binnington

Who Wins: Avalanche in 6 games

1. Calgary Flames vs. 2. Edmonton Oilers

Players to Watch: F Johnny Gaudreau and F Connor McDavid

Who Wins: Flames in 6 games

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview


Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. Florida Panthers vs. 4. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: F Jonathan Huberdeau and Goalies Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov

Who Wins: Panthers in 5 games

2. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: F Auston Matthews and D Victor Hedman

Who Wins: Lightning in 6 games

Metropolitan Division

1. Carolina Hurricanes vs. 4. Boston Bruins

Players to Watch: D Jaccob Slavin and F Brad Marchand

Who Wins: Hurricanes in 6 games

2. New York Rangers vs. 3. Pittsburgh Penguins

Players to Watch: G Igor Shesterkin and F Sidney Crosby

Who Wins: Rangers in 6 games

Western Conference

Central Division

1. Colorado Avalanche vs. 4. Nashville Predators

Players to Watch: F Nathan McKinnon and D Roman Josi

Who Wins: Avalanche in 6 games

2. Minnesota Wild vs. 3. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: F Kirill Kaprizov and F Vladimir Tarasenko

Who Wins: Wild in 7 games

Pacific Division

1. Calgary Flames vs. 4. Dallas Stars

Players to Watch: F Johnny Gaudreau and F Jason Robertson

Who Wins: Flames in 5 games

2. Edmonton Oilers vs. 3. Los Angeles Kings

Players to Watch: F Connor McDavid and G Jonathan Quick

Who Wins: Oilers in 6 games

Stanley Cup Prediction


Eastern Conference

1. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 4. Boston Bruins

2. Florida Panthers vs. 3. Toronto Maple Leafs

1. Carolina Hurricanes vs. 4. Washington Capitals

2. New York Islanders vs. 3. Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

1. Colorado Avalanche vs. 4. Dallas Stars

2. Minnesota Wild vs. 3. St. Louis Blues

1. Vegas Golden Knights vs. 4. Edmonton Oilers

2. Calgary Flames vs. 3. Vancouver Canucks

Conference Finals

Lightning over Hurricanes

Avalanche over Golden Knights

Stanley Cup Finals

Lightning over Avalanche

Stanley Cup Prediction


*Because of lockdown madness, the 2020-21 NHL season will have the four divisions playing against each other in their regions. This is a breakdown of my prediction for the Stanley Cup Playoff participants for the 2020-21 season. The top 4 teams from each division will play each other in the first two rounds. Then what would be the Conference Finals, the four remaining teams will be ranked 1-4 on their regular season point totals. The one-seed will play the fourth-seed and the second-seed will play the third-seed. Continue reading

North Division


1. Vancouver Canucks

It should come as no surprise that Vancouver played as well as they did in the Playoff bubble last season.

2. Toronto Maple Leafs

There is far too much talent on this team to fail once again. But the frustration will grow when the cap crunch comes.

3. Calgary Flames

A few shrewd moves in the offseason have Calgary hoping they solved their glaring issues. Mainly in net.

4. Edmonton Oilers

Expect huge scoring numbers from the offense. The rest of the group needs to be above average or better to clinch a playoff spot.

5. Winnipeg Jets

They could be a sneaky good team with Connor Hellebuyck in net.

6. Montreal Canadiens

A lot has to go right for them once again. Unfortunately they play in a very talented Canadian division.

7. Ottawa Senators

The future is quickly coming for them and this season will be an interesting one to watch. Continue reading