1. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 4. Philadelphia Flyers
2. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 3. Boston Bruins
1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 4. New Jersey Devils
2. Washington Capitals vs. 3. Columbus Blue Jackets
1. Nashville Predators vs. 4. Colorado Avalanche
2. Winnipeg Jets vs. 3. St. Louis Blues
1. San Jose Sharks vs. 4. Minnesota Wild
2. Vegas Golden Knights vs. 3. Anaheim Ducks
Lightning over Capitals
Jets over Sharks
Stanley Cup Finals
Lightning over Jets
1. San Jose Sharks
They became legit contenders with the addition of Erik Karlsson.
2. Vegas Golden Knights
Their cinderella season wasn’t a fluke. They should be contenders once again.
3. Anaheim Ducks
Health and the play of goaltender of John Gibson will determine their success.
4. Los Angeles Kings
It was an early exit in the playoffs last year, but too many questions remain about their scoring prowess.
5. Calgary Flames
They’re solid in a lot of areas, but they play in a stacked conference to get to the playoffs.
6. Edmonton Oilers
There is so much talent here, yet it almost goes to waste in Edmonton.
7. Arizona Coyotes
Some clever moves have the Coyotes positioned to be a surprise team this season.
8. Vancouver Canucks
The Sedin twins have retired and the Canucks will look for a new franchise player. Continue reading “Pacific Division”
1. Nashville Predators
Their depth on defense is stacked, but they need more production from their forwards.
2. Winnipeg Jets
This team is built to win right now. They’ll have about 2-3 more seasons of being Cup contenders.
3. St. Louis Blues
They were the most active team in the offseason and that should get them back into the playoffs.
4. Minnesota Wild
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a Bruce Boudreau led team will again make the playoffs against all the odds.
5. Colorado Avalanche
Their forward group will outscore a lot of teams, but will their goalie situation improve from last year?
6. Dallas Stars
A new coach and a new style, but it’s one that will mesh well with the star power they have.
7. Chicago Blackhawks
It will be a big learning curve for the youngsters coming in, but Chicago’s veterans will make it easier. Continue reading “Central Division”
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
This team is stacked and there’s no reason they shouldn’t get to the Conference Finals again.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs
They won the John Tavares sweepstakes and now they have their eyes set on the Stanley Cup.
3. Boston Bruins
They’re mixing in some good youngsters with their savvy veterans.
4. Florida Panthers
There’s plenty of talent here, but they play in a top tier division that won’t give up the top three spots easily.
5. Buffalo Sabres
They made some savvy moves in the offseason and it should improve their point total quite a bit.
6. Detroit Red Wings
This ‘Hockeytown’ will have to wait another year to be considered potential playoff contenders.
7. Montreal Canadiens
Rebuilding is never easy, especially when you still have one of the best goaltenders in the game.
8. Ottawa Senators
The only thing they will compete for is the number one pick of the draft. Continue reading “Atlantic Division”