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NHL.com, NHL Network playoff staff picks

Look ahead to Second Round; recap of First Round

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The experts from NHL Network and NHL.com have made their picks for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the St. Louis Blues are an overwhelming favorite to defeat the Dallas Stars and advance to the Western Conference Final. Of the 21 experts, one -- NHL.com Editor in Chief Bill Price -- has Dallas advancing past the second round. Price is the lone expert to pick the Stars to win the Stanley Cup.

Three experts -- NHL.com Director - Editorial Shawn P. Roarke, NHL.com Staff Writer David Satriano and LNH.com Senior Writer Robert LaFlamme -- went 6-2 in the first round.

Here are the experts' picks:

 

Kevin Weekes, NHL Network Analyst

First-round record: 4-4

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Scott Stevens, NHL Network Analyst

First-round record: 5-3

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

Brian Boucher, NHL Network Analyst

First-round record: 3-5

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Brian Lawton, NHL Network Analyst

First-round record: 3-5

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Dave Reid, NHL Network Analyst

First-round record: 3-5

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: New York Islanders

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Mike Rupp, NHL Network Analyst

First-round record: 4-4

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Dan Rosen, NHL.com Senior Writer

First-round record: 5-3

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Bill Price, NHL.com Editor in Chief

First-round record: 5-3

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: New York Islanders

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: Dallas Stars

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Shawn Roarke, NHL.com Director - Editorial

First-round record: 6-2

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Nick Cotsonika, NHL.com Insider

First-round record: 5-3

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com Regional Writer

First-round record: 4-4

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Tom Gulitti, NHL.com Regional Writer

First-round record: 3-5

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: New York Islanders

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Mike Morreale, NHL.com Staff Writer

First-round record: 6-2

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

Brian Compton, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

First-round record: 4-4

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Adam Kimelman, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

First-round record: 5-3

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

David Satriano, NHL.com Staff Writer

First-round record: 6-2

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Pete Jensen, NHL.com Fantasy Insider

First-round record: 5-3

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: New York Islanders

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Dave Stubbs, NHL.com Columnist

First-round record: 4-4

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

Arpon Basu, LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

First-round record: 4-4

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Robert Laflamme, LNH.com Senior Writer

First-round record: 6-2

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Matt Cubeta, NHL.com Director - International

First-round record: 5-3

 

Second-round picks:

Eastern Conference

WAS vs. PIT: Washington Capitals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

DAL vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

SJS vs. NSH: San Jose Sharks

 

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