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Stanley Cup Playoffs conference finals predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for Bruins-Hurricanes, Sharks-Blues

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The Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks are the overwhelming favorites to meet in the Stanley Cup Final, according to a panel of 15 NHL.com experts.

Eleven of the 15 predicted the Bruins would defeat the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final. Eleven also predicted the Sharks would defeat the St. Louis Blues.

Only one, staff writer William Douglas, picked both the Hurricanes and Blues.

After a rough first round, in which only two staffers -- Editor-in-Chief Bill Price and senior writer Dan Rosen -- didn't have a losing record, six of the experts went 3-1 in the second round. Still, it's been a rough go through the first two rounds, with Price, Rosen and senior fantasy editor Pete Jensen leading the field with 6-6 records.

Here's hoping they fare better in the conference finals.  

 

Amalie Benjamin, staff writer
Second-round record: 3-1
Overall record: 5-7

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins
Western Conference Final 
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

Tim Campbell, staff writer
Second-round record: 3-1
Overall record: 5-7

Eastern Conference Final
BOS vs. CAR: Carolina Hurricanes 
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

Brian Compton, deputy managing editor
Second-round record: 3-1
Overall record: 4-8

Eastern Conference Final
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist
Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 5-7

Eastern Conference Final
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

William Douglas, staff writer
Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 4-8

Eastern Conference Final
BOS vs. CAR: Carolina Hurricanes
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

Tom Gulitti, staff writer
Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 5-7

Eastern Conference Final
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

Pete Jensen, senior fantasy editor
Second-round record: 3-1
Overall record: 6-6

Eastern Conference Final
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor
Second-round record: 3-1 
Overall record: 4-8

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Carolina Hurricanes
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

Mike G. Morreale, staff writer
Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 4-8

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins 
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

Tracey Myers, staff writer
Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 3-9

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Carolina Hurricanes
Western Conference Final 
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

Bill Price, Editor-in-Chief
Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 6-6

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins 
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: St. Louis Blues 

Shawn Roarke, senior director of editorial
Second-round record: 3-1
Overall record: 5-7 

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

Dan Rosen, senior writer
Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 6-6

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: St. Louis Blues 

Dave Stubbs, columnist
Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 2-10

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

Mike Zeisberger, staff writer
Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 3-9

Eastern Conference Final 
BOS vs. CAR: Boston Bruins 
Western Conference Final
SJS vs. STL: San Jose Sharks

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