Stanley Cup Conference Finals Preview

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Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division #2 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Players to Watch: D Erik Karlsson and G Marc-Andre Fleury

Who Wins: Penguins in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: G Pekka Rinne and G John Gibson

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games

Stanley Cup Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division #2 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: F Evgeni Malkin and F T.J. Oshie

Who Wins: Capitals in 7 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Atlantic Division #2

New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

Players to Watch: F Mats Zuccarello and F Bobby Ryan

Who Wins: Rangers in 6 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Central Division #3

Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: G Pekka Rinne and F Vladimir Tarasenko

Who Wins: Blues in 7 games

Pacific Division #2 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: G Cam Talbot and F Ryan Getzlaf

Who Wins: Ducks in 6 games

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Metropolitan Division Winner

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals

Players to Watch: F Auston Matthews and F Alex Ovechkin

Who Wins: Capitals in 6 games

Metropolitan Division #3 vs. Metropolitan Division #2

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Players to Watch: G Sergei Bobrovsky and F Evgeni Malkin

Who Wins: Penguins in 6 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Atlantic Division Winner

New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Players to Watch: F J.T. Miller and G Carey Price

Who Wins: Canadiens in 6 games

Atlantic Division #3 vs. Atlantic Division #2

Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators

Players to Watch: F David Pastrnak and D Erik Karlsson

Who Wins: Bruins in 7 games

Western Conference

Wild Card Team #2 vs. Central Division Winner

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Players to Watch: D P.K. Subban and F Artemi Panarin

Who Wins: Blackhawks in 5 games

Central Division #3 vs. Central Division #2

St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild

Players to Watch: F Vladimir Tarasenko and F Eric Staal

Who Wins: Blues in 6 games

Wild Card Team #1 vs. Pacific Division Winner

Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks

Players to Watch: G Brian Elliott and F Rickard Rakell

Who Wins: Ducks in 5 games

Pacific Division #3 vs. Pacific Division #2

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers

Players to Watch: D Brent Burns and G Cam Talbot

Who Wins: Oilers in 7 games

Atlantic Division

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1. Florida Panthers

They have perhaps the best roster in the franchise’s history.

2. Tampa Bay Lightning

Bringing back Steven Stamkos was the only move for them to make.

3. Montreal Canadiens

Shea Weber brings them a new dynamic, but the health of Carey Price is their achilles heel.

4. Ottawa Senators

This young roster is coming together to maybe play for a playoff spot.

5. Boston Bruins

Their depth has taken a hit, but they can be a sneaky good team.

6. Buffalo Sabres

The future is coming together in a hurry, but the division is stacked at the top.

7. Toronto Maple Leafs

For the first time in a while, they have some excitement brewing in Toronto.

8. Detroit Red Wings

This could be a long season for one of the winningest franchise’s in NHL history. Continue reading

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