The Boston Bruins will win the Stanley Cup and goalie Tuukka Rask will be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the postseason, according to predictions by NHL.com writers and editors.
The San Jose Sharks didn't just land an all-star in defenseman Erik Karlsson when they acquired him a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Sept. 13, they also brought in the final piece to a Stanley Cup championship team, according to seven of the 18 NHL.com panelists who have made their preseason predictions.
The NHL.com experts have made their predictions for the Stanley Cup Final and they are split on who will win it all.
Of the 14 staff writers and editors who have made their picks during the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs, seven say the Vegas Golden Knights will win the Cup and the other seven picked the Washington Capitals.
Can the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup for the third straight season? Six of NHL.com's 17 panelists believe there's a good chance.
The last team to win three consecutive titles was the New York Islanders, who won four in a row from 1980-1983. Since then, four teams have had the opportunity to win three straight -- the Edmonton Oilers (twice; 1984-85, '87-88), Penguins ('91-92) and most recently, the Detroit Red Wings ('97-98).