NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff makes picks for playoff pools counting the entire 24-team tournament and predictions for each Stanley Cup Qualifiers series. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.
MVP FOR EACH TEAM:
NOTE: Below is each team's highest-ranked player by NHL.com for Stanley Cup pools.
Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl, C/LW
Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane, RW
PAST PLAYOFF PERFORMERS:
Oilers: Mike Smith, G
-Leads active goalies in playoff save percentage, minimum 15 games (.938 in 24 games).
Blackhawks: Duncan Keith, D
-Has 81 points (18 goals, 63 assists) in 126 postseason games (three Stanley Cup titles).
Oilers: Kailer Yamamoto, RW
Blackhawks: Dylan Strome, C/RW
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Oilers: Oscar Klefbom, D
Blackhawks: Corey Crawford, G
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PREDICTIONS FOR FIVE-GAME SERIES:
Pete Jensen: Oilers in 4
Rob Reese: Oilers in 3
David Satriano: Blackhawks in 5
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