2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: F Wayne Simmonds and G Braden Holtby

Who Wins: Capitals in 6 games

Metropolitan Division #3 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Players to Watch: F Derek Stepan and F Phil Kessel

Who Wins: Penguins in 7 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Atlantic Division Winner

New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers

Players to Watch: F John Tavares and D Aaron Ekblad

Who Wins: Panthers in 6 games

Atlantic Division #3 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: F Dylan Larkin and G Ben Bishop

Who Wins: Lightning in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Central Division Winner

Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars

Players to Watch: F Zach Parise and F Tyler Seguin

Who Wins: Stars in 6 games

Central Division #3 vs. Central Division #2

Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: F Patrick Kane and F Vladimir Tarasenko

Who Wins: Blackhawks in 6 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: F Filip Forsberg and F Ryan Kesler

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games

Pacific Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings

Players to Watch: F Joe Pavelski and D Drew Doughty

Who Wins: Kings in 6 games

Atlantic Division

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1. Montreal Canadiens

Now is the time for them to capitalize on Carey Price and P.K. Subban being in their prime.

2. Tampa Bay Lightning

A tough Stanley Cup series should help them stay in contention.

3. Boston Bruins

Salary cap casualties shouldn’t derail any hopes of making the playoffs.

4. Florida Panthers

The young nucleus is coming together at the right time to surprise some opponents.

5. Detroit Red Wings

A new voice behind the bench will cause some bumps in the road.

6. Ottawa Senators

There’s a lot of talent, but it needs to come together first.

7. Toronto Maple Leafs

A new coach and front office will begin the long rebuilding project.

8. Buffalo Sabres

Getting Jack Eichel was a nice consolation prize. Continue reading

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

Players to Watch: F Sidney Crosby and F Rick Nash

Who Wins: Rangers in 6 games

Metropolitan Division #3 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: F John Tavares and F Alex Ovechkin

Who Wins: Capitals in 7 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Atlantic Division Winner

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens

Players to Watch: D Erik Karlsson and F Max Pacioretty

Who Wins: Canadiens in 6 games

Atlantic Division #3 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: F Henrik Zetterberg and F Steven Stamkos

Who Wins: Lightning in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: F Blake Wheeler and Anaheim’s goaltenders

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games

Pacifici Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks

Players to Watch: F Jiri Hudler and F Radim Vrbata

Who Wins: Flames in 6 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Central Division Winner

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: G Devan Dubnyk and F Vladimir Tarasenko

Who Wins: Blues in 7 games

Central Division #3 vs. Central Division #2

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators

Players to Watch: F Patrick Kane and G Pekka Rinne

Who Wins: Predators in 7 games

Stanley Cup Prediction

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STANLEY CUP

Eastern Conference

1. Boston Bruins vs. 4. Detroit Red Wings

2. Montreal Canadiens vs. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning

1. New York Rangers vs. 4. Philadelphia Flyers

2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 4. Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference

1. Anaheim Ducks vs. 4. Minnesota Wild

2. Los Angeles Kings vs. 3. San Joes Sharks

1. Chicago Blackhawks vs. 4. Dallas Stars

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

Conference Finals

Canadiens over Rangers

Blackhawks over Kings

Stanley Cup Finals

Blackhawks over Canadiens

Atlantic Division

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1. Boston Bruins

Defense has led to success in the past and should do wonders this year.

2. Montreal Canadiens

They always seem to be so close the last few years. Maybe this year will be different?

3. Tampa Bay Lightning

The moves they made for the defensive unit will help immensely.

4. Detroit Red Wings

Not a lot of scoring options, but that didn’t deter them in the past.

5. Toronto Maple Leafs

Like Montreal, Toronto fans have been wanting a winner for some time now.

6. Ottawa Senators

The franchise is paving the way for the future and it does look bright.

7. Florida Panthers

A few veteran additions should help build a solid young core.

8. Buffalo Sabres

Last year was rough, but the Sabres do have some assets to build on. Continue reading