Metropolitan Division

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1. Washington Capitals

With a few tweaks on defense this is still the best team in a stacked division.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins

Even without Phil Kessel, the Pens have plenty of scoring potential.

3. Carolina Hurricanes

Their playoff run last year wasn’t a fluke and they should be contenders again.

4. New Jersey Devils

A healthy Taylor Hall with their off-season additions has them primed for playoff contention.

5. New York Rangers

Their rebuild got a big boost with the signing of Artemi Panarin.

6. Philadelphia Flyers

They finally have a franchise netminder, but who will be the focal point on offense?

7. Columbus Blue Jackets

A lot of changes, but that doesn’t mean they won’t compete and surprise some.

8. New York Islanders

The only reason they’re at this spot is because so many other teams made improvements. Continue reading

Stanley Cup Prediction

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Eastern Conference

1. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 4. New Jersey Devils

2. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 3. Boston Bruins

1. Washington Capitals vs. 4. Florida Panthers

2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 3. Carolina Hurricanes

Western Conference

1. Nashville Predators vs. 4. Dallas Stars

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

1. Vegas Golden Knights vs. 4. Winnipeg Jets

2. Calgary Flames vs. 3. San Jose Sharks Continue reading

Stanley Cup Conference Finals Preview

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Eastern Conference

Wild Card #1 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins

Players to Watch: D Jaccob Slavin and F David Pastrnak

Who Wins: Hurricanes in 7 games

Western Conference

Central Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2

St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

Players to Watch: F Vladimir Tarasenko and D Erik Karlsson

Who Wins: Sharks in 7 games

Stanley Cup Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

Wild Card #2 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins

Players to Watch: G Sergei Bobrovsky and F Brad Marchand

Who Wins: Bruins in 6 games

Wild Card #1 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

Players to Watch: F Sebastian Aho and G Robin Lehner

Who Wins: Islanders in 7 games

Western Conference

Wild Card #2 vs. Pacific Division #2

Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks

Players to Watch: F Mikko Rantanen and F Tomas Hertl

Who Wins: Avalanche in 6 games

Wild Card #1 vs. Central Division #3

Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: G Ben Bishop and G Jordan Binnington

Who Wins: Stars in 6 games

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Atlantic Division Winner

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: F Artemi Panarin and F Nikita Kucherov

Who Wins: Lightning in 6 games

Atlantic Division #3 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Players to Watch: D Morgan Rielly and F David Pastrnak

Who Wins: Bruins in 7 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: G Petr Mrazek and F Evgeny Kuznetsov

Who Wins: Capitals in 5 games

Metropolitan Division #3 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders

Players to Watch: F Jake Guentzel and G Robin Lehner

Who Wins: Penguins in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames

Players to Watch: F Nathan MacKinnon and D Mark Giordano

Who Wins: Flames in 7 games

Pacific Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2

Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks

Players to Watch: F Mark Stone and D Erik Karlsson

Who Wins: Golden Knights in 6 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Central Division Winner

Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators

Players to Watch: G Ben Bishop and F Viktor Arvidsson

Who Wins: Predators in 6 games

Central Division #3 vs. Central Division #2

St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets

Players to Watch: G Jordan Binnington and F Mark Scheifele

Who Wins: Jets in 6 games