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NHL, NHL Network Stanley Cup Final predictions

Tuesday, 06.11.2013 / 5:45 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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NHL, NHL Network Stanley Cup Final predictions
NHL.com and NHL Network weighs in on the 2013 Stanley Cup Final and how long the series will be.

The 2013 Stanley Cup Final starts Wednesday night between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins at the United Center with Game 1 (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS). It appears from a panel of experts from NHL Network and NHL.com that we are in for the long haul.

Of the 19 voters on the panel, 18 felt that the series would go at least six games and 11 believe that the Final will go seven games for the second time in three years.

There was far less agreement, though, on which team will claim the Stanley Cup.

A dozen of the voters opted for the Blackhawks, while seven selected the Bruins as the eventual champion.

Blackhawks

Dan Rosen

NHL.com Senior Writer

Prediction: CHI wins in 6 games

Corey Masisak

NHL.com Staff Writer

Prediction: CHI wins in 5 games

Tal Pinchevsky

NHL.com Staff Writer

Prediction: CHI wins in 7 games

Adam Kimelman

NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Prediction: CHI wins in 7 games

John Kreiser

NHL.com Managing Editor

Prediction: CHI wins in 7 games

Arpon Basu

LNH.com Managing Editor

Prediction: CHI wins in 7 games

Mike Morreale

NHL.com Staff Writer

Prediction: CHI wins in 7 games

EJ Hradek

NHL Live Host

Prediction: CHI wins in 7 games

Jamie McLennan

NHL Network Analyst

Prediction: CHI wins in 7 games

Neil Smith

NHL Network Analyst

Prediction: CHI wins in 7 games

Craig Button

NHL Network Analyst

Prediction: CHI wins in 6 games

Kelly Chase

NHL Network Analyst

Prediction: CHI wins in 6 games

Bruins

Shawn Roarke

NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

Prediction: BOS wins in 6 games

Brian Compton

NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Prediction: BOS wins in 6 games

Billy Jaffe

NHL Network Analyst

Prediction: BOS wins in 7 games

Kevin Weekes

NHL Network Analyst

Prediction: BOS wins in 7 games

Mike Johnson

NHL Network Analyst

Prediction: BOS wins in 6 games

Barry Melrose

NHL.com Network Analyst

Prediction: BOS wins in 7 games

Kathryn Tappen

NHL Network Host

Prediction: BOS wins in 6 games

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