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.
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MVP FOR EACH TEAM:
NOTE: Below is each team's highest-ranked player by NHL.com for Stanley Cup pools.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, C
Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price, G
PAST PLAYOFF PERFORMERS:
Penguins: Jake Guentzel, LW/RW
-Has 43 points (24 goals, 19 assists) in 41 career postseason games; tied with Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets for most playoff goals per game (0.59) among active players.
Canadiens: Shea Weber, D
-Has 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 65 career postseason games.
Penguins: Jason Zucker, LW/RW
Canadiens: Jonathan Drouin, C/LW
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Penguins: Matt Murray, G
Canadiens: Brendan Gallagher, RW
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PREDICTIONS FOR FIVE-GAME SERIES:
Pete Jensen: Penguins in 5
Rob Reese: Penguins in 4
David Satriano: Penguins in 5
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