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Stanley Cup Final predictions

NHL.com writers, editors make picks for champion, Conn Smythe winner

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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.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs conference finals predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for Bruins-Hurricanes, Sharks-Blues

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The Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks are the overwhelming favorites to meet in the Stanley Cup Final, according to a panel of 15 NHL.com experts.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for four series after wild first round

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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was not kind to the teams with home-ice advantage.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for eight series, Conn Smythe, champions

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NHL.com experts have made their predictions for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they believe the best team in the regular season will rule in the postseason as well.

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Conn Smythe Trophy candidates

MVP from each team in Stanley Cup Playoffs identified

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Before Commissioner Gary Bettman hands the Stanley Cup to the captain or alternate captain of the winning team, he'll award the Conn Smythe Trophy to the most valuable player of the postseason.

Will it be a veteran who's won it before, a rookie making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut or a player who had a surprising postseason run?

Here's a look at who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy for each of the 16 teams in the playoffs:

 

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Stanley Cup predictions for 2018-19

Sharks favorites among NHL.com panel; four others picked as champions

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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.

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Stanley Cup Final staff predictions

NHL.com experts split between Golden Knights, Capitals

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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.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for four series

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NHL.com experts have made their predictions for the second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the overwhelming favorite to advance.

Of the 14 NHL.com experts, 10 predicted the Penguins would get past the Washington Capitals.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for eight series, Conn Smythe, champions

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NHL.com experts have made their predictions for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they are split on who will win it all.

Seven of the 14 staff members picked the Nashville Predators, who won the Presidents' Trophy, to hoist the Stanley Cup at the end of the playoffs.

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Stanley Cup predictions for 2017-18

Penguins, trying to win third straight title, favorites among NHL.com panel; six others picked as champions

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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).

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