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2014-15 expert predictions: Cup to remain in West

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The Stanley Cup will stay in the Western Conference for a fourth straight season if the majority of NHL.com and NHL Network experts are correct.

Seven members of the 12-person panel predicted the Chicago Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup for third time in six seasons, following championships in 2010 and 2013.

The Los Angeles Kings were the choice of four members of the panel, who believe the NHL will have a repeat Stanley Cup champion for the first time since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

The Boston Bruins, the only Eastern Conference team to win the Cup since 2011, was the lone East team picked to win the championship.

Though the panel was pretty evenly split between Chicago and Los Angeles winning the Western Conference, the Eastern Conference champ featured more varied opinions. Seven made the Boston Bruins the pick, while three others picked the Tampa Bay Lightning. One panelist picked the Montreal Canadiens and one went for the defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.

The panel also predicted division winners and major player awards. Share your opinion in the comments below, and then check back in June to see how well the predictions worked out.

NHL.com/LNH.com writers

Kimelman Compton Morreale Masisak Rosen Roarke Basu
Atlantic BOS BOS BOS BOS TBL BOS TBL
Metropolitan PIT PIT CBJ PIT PIT PIT CBJ
Central CHI CHI DAL CHI STL STL CHI
Pacific ANA ANA ANA LAK LAK ANA LAK
East champ
BOS TBL TBL BOS MTL BOS BOS
West champ ANA CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI
Cup champ BOS CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI
Calder Gibson,
ANA
Drouin,
TBL
Drouin,
TBL
Gibson,
ANA
Kuznetsov,
WSH
Gibson,
ANA
Drouin,
TBL
Hart Getzlaf,
ANA
Stamkos,
TBL
Tavares,
NYI
Crosby,
PIT
Stamkos,
TBL
Crosby,
PIT
Stamkos,
TBL
Norris Subban,
MTL
Keith,
CHI
McDonagh,
NYR
Doughty,
LAK
Weber,
NSH
Doughty,
LAK
Weber,
NSH
Vezina Rask,
BOS
Rask,
BOS
Schneider,
NJD
Schneider,
NJD
Price,
MTL
Rask,
BOS
Price,
MTL
Adams Boudreau,
ANA
Johnston,
PIT
Ruff,
DAL
Eakins,
EDM
Desjardins,
VAN
Cooper,
TBL
Richards,
CBJ
Rocket Stamkos,
TBL
Stamkos,
TBL
Stamkos,
TBL
Stamkos,
TBL
Stamkos,
TBL
Ovechkin,
WSH
Stamkos,
TBL

NHL Network analysts

Melrose Weekes Hradek McLennan Reid
Atlantic BOS BOS BOS BOS BOS
Metropolitan NYR PIT PIT PIT NYR
Central CHI CHI CHI CHI STL
Pacific ANA ANA ANA LAK SJS
East Champ BOS NYR TBL BOS BOS
West Champ CHI LAK LAK LAK LAK
Cup Champ CHI LAK LAK LAK LAK
Calder Drouin,
TBL
Gaudreau,
CGY
Gibson,
ANA
Drouin,
TBL
Kuznetsov,
WSH
Hart Toews,
CHI
Tavares,
NYI
Crosby,
PIT
Tavares,
NYI
Crosby,
PIT
Norris Doughty,
LAK
Weber,
NSH
Doughty,
LAK
Doughty,
LAK
Doughty,
LAK
Vezina Lundqvist,
NYR
Price,
MTL
Lundqvist,
NYR
Price,
MTL
Rask,
BOS
Adams Ruff,
DAL
Vigneault,
NYR
Trotz,
WSH
Sutter,
LAK
Trotz,
WSH
Rocket Perry,
ANA
Stamkos,
TBL
Stamkos,
TBL
Ovechkin,
WSH
Stamkos,
TBL


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