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Stanley Cup Playoffs staff predictions

Experts from NHL Network, NHL.com favor Capitals, Blackhawks to win Stanley Cup

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Experts from NHL.com and NHL Network have made their Stanley Cup Playoff picks, and the winner will be the Washington Capitals. Or the Chicago Blackhawks. Or maybe even the Montreal Canadiens.

A total of 21 analysts, writers and editors made their predictions; 11 picked the Capitals to win it all, and nine picked the Blackhawks. LNH.com Senior Managing Editor Arpon Basu picked the Canadiens to win.

Of the 21 experts, 16 picked a Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Blackhawks.

Here are the first-round picks for the experts from NHL Network and NHL.com:

 

 

EJ Hradek, NHL Network Analyst

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final:  Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Braden Holtby, Capitals

 

 

Brian Lawton, NHL Network Analyst

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Capitals

Conn Smythe Trophy: Duncan Keith, Blackhawks

 

 

Tony Luftman, NHL Network Host

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

 

 

Michele McMahon, NHL Network Host

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Columbus Blue Jackets

MTL vs. NYR: New York Rangers

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Capitals

Conn Smythe Trophy: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks

 

 

Dave Reid, NHL Network Analyst

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

Video: Capitals clinch the Presidents' Trophy, top seed 

 

 

Kevin Weekes, NHL Network Analyst

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS:  Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Capitals

Conn Smythe Trophy: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks

 

 

Arpon Basu, LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Canadiens over Oilers

Conn Smythe Trophy: Carey Price, Canadiens

 

 
Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com Staff Writer

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Wild

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

 

 

 

Tim Campbell, NHL.com Staff Writer

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Penguins

Conn Smythe Trophy: Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks

 

 

Brian Compton, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: New York Rangers

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Braden Holtby, Capitals

 

 

Nick Cotsonika, NHL.com Columnist

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Braden Holtby, Capitals

 

 

Matt Cubeta, Director, NHL.com International

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: New York Rangers

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Wild

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

 

 

Lisa Dillman, NHL.com Staff Writer

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Braden Holtby, Capitals

 

 

Tom Gulitti, NHL.com Staff Writer

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH:  Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Capitals

Conn Smythe Trophy: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks

Video: CHI@LAK: Panarin finishes Kane's cross-ice dish 

 

 

Adam Kimelman, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: New York Rangers

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

 

 

Robert Laflamme, LNH.com Senior Writer

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Capitals

Conn Smythe Trophy: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks

 

 

Mike Morreale, NHL.com Staff Writer

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: New York Rangers

OTT vs. BOS: Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Braden Holtby, Capitals

 

 

Bill Price, NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Columbus Blue Jackets

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Canadiens

Conn Smythe Trophy: Corey Crawford, Blackhawks

 

 

Shawn P. Roarke, NHL.com Director of Editorial

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Capitals

Conn Smythe Trophy: Duncan Keith, Blackhawks

 

 

Dan Rosen, NHL.com Senior Writer

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks over Capitals

Conn Smythe Trophy: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks

 

 

Dave Stubbs, NHL.com Columnist

Round 1: Eastern Conference

WSH vs. TOR: Washington Capitals

PIT vs. CBJ: Pittsburgh Penguins

MTL vs. NYR: Montreal Canadiens

OTT vs. BOS: Ottawa Senators

 

Round 1: Western Conference

CHI vs. NSH: Chicago Blackhawks

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

ANA vs. CGY: Anaheim Ducks

EDM vs. SJS: Edmonton Oilers

 

Stanley Cup Final: Capitals over Blackhawks

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

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