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Stanley Cup Semifinals predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for two series

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The Stanley Cup Semifinals include some unexpected qualifiers among the final four teams left standing.

The Montreal Canadiens, the last of the 16 teams to qualify for the postseason, advanced as the No. 4 seed from the Scotia North Division.

The Canadiens were not picked by any of the 15-member panel in either of the first two rounds. Staff writer William Douglas is the only one to select them for this round against the Vegas Golden Knights, the No. 2 seed from the Honda West Division.

Game 1 of that best-of-7 series is Monday at Vegas (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

 

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Nick Suzuki said his Canadiens are well-suited for the underdog role. The forward was selected No. 13 in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Golden Knights before being traded to Montreal in 2018 as part of the package that sent forward Max Pacioretty to Vegas.

"We weren't really [expected] to be this far," Suzuki said. "That's fine with me, I don't really care too much about what other people say. I have all the confidence in the world in this group and how we can play. I think we've shown that throughout the playoffs. We have a ton of confidence in everybody right now and that's what a winning team needs."

Video: NHL Tonight previews Vegas vs Montreal Semifinals

In the other semifinal, the New York Islanders are also a No. 4 seed, from the MassMutual East Division. They play the Tampa Bay Lightning, the defending Stanley Cup champions and No. 3 seed from the Discover Central Division.

Game 1 is at Tampa Bay on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Video: Islanders, Lightning meet in Semifinals

Not surprisingly, the results among NHL.com's prognosticators reflect the chaos of the first two rounds. Six of the 15 members of the panel are at or above .500 after 12 series. Deputy managing editor Brian Compton leads the way at 8-4 (.750).

Will the staff have better results in what should be an exciting third round?

Here are the selections:

 

Amalie Benjamin, staff writer

Record through two rounds: 4-8

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Tim Campbell, staff writer

Record through two rounds: 5-7

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Brian Compton, deputy managing editor

Record through two rounds: 8-4

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: New York Islanders

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist

Record through two rounds: 4-8

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

William Douglas, staff writer

Record through two rounds: 7-5

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: New York Islanders

VGK vs. MTL: Montreal Canadiens

 

Tom Gulitti, staff writer

Record through two rounds: 5-7

Stanley Cup Semifinals 

TBL vs. NYI: New York Islanders

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Pete Jensen, senior fantasy editor

Record through two rounds: 5-7

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor

Record through two rounds: 7-5

Stanley Cup Semifinals 

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Mike G. Morreale, staff writer

Record through two rounds: 6-6

TBL vs. NYI: New York Islanders

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Tracey Myers, staff writer

Record through two rounds: 3-9

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Shawn P. Roarke, senior director of editorial

Record through two rounds: 5-7

Stanley Cup Semifinals 

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Dan Rosen, senior writer

Record through two rounds: 5-7

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

David Satriano, staff writer

Record through two rounds: 7-5

Stanley Cup Semifinals 

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Dave Stubbs, columnist

Record through two rounds: 5-7

Stanley Cup Semifinals 

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Mike Zeisberger, staff writer

Record through two rounds: 6-6

Stanley Cup Semifinals

TBL vs. NYI: Tampa Bay Lightning

VGK vs. MTL: Vegas Golden Knights

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