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Stanley Cup Playoffs conference finals predictions

Penguins, Predators picked to play for championship by NHL Network, NHL.com experts

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, according to an overwhelming majority of the 21 NHL.com and NHL Network experts who have made their predictions for the conference finals.

All but two of the 21 picked the Penguins to defeat the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final. NHL.com Editor-in-Chief Bill Price, who was one of four experts to predict to Senators would defeat the New York Rangers in the second round, picked them to defeat Pittsburgh, as did NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen. Seventeen of the 21 experts predicted the Predators will defeat the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final.

Through two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL.com Staff Writer Mike G. Morreale has the best record at 9-3. NHL.com Staff Writer Tim Campbell was the only one of the 19 experts to go 4-0 in the second round.

Here are the experts' picks for the conference finals and their totals through two rounds:

 

E.J. Hradek, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins 

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Brian Lawton, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins 

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Anaheim Ducks

 

 

Tony Luftman, NHL Network Host

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Michelle McMahon, NHL Network Host

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall record: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Dave Reid, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

Video: Previewing the series between the Ducks and Preds

 

 

Kevin Weekes, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Arpon Basu, LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 6-6

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Tim Campbell, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 4-0

Overall record: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Anaheim Ducks

Video: Take a look at the Penguins vs. Senators series

 

 

Brian Compton, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Nick Cotsonika, NHL.com Columnist

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Matt Cubeta, Director, NHL.com International

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall: 7-5 

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Lisa Dillman, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 6-6

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Anaheim Ducks

 

 

Tom Gulitti, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Adam Kimelman, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Second-round record: 0-4

Overall record: 5-7

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators 

 

 

Robert Laflamme, LNH.com Senior Writer

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 9-3

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Bill Price, NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 5-7

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Ottawa Senators

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Anaheim Ducks

 

 

Shawn P. Roarke, NHL.com Director of Editorial

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall record: 6-6

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Dan Rosen, NHL.com Senior Writer

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall record: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Ottawa Senators

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

 

 

Dave Stubbs, NHL.com Columnist

Second-round record: 1-3

Overall record: 6-6  

 

Eastern Conference

PIT vs. OTT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

ANA vs. NSH: Nashville Predators

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