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Stanley Cup Final predictions

Penguins slight favorite to win it all again among NHL Network, NHL.com experts

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are a slight favorite to defeat the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final and repeat as champions, according to the 21 NHL.com and NHL Network experts who have made their predictions for the Cup Final.

Eleven of the 21 experts picked the Penguins, who are trying to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to win back-to-back championships. The other 10 went with the Predators, who are making their first trip to the Cup Final.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs conference finals predictions

Penguins, Predators picked to play for championship by NHL Network, NHL.com experts

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, according to an overwhelming majority of the 21 NHL.com and NHL Network experts who have made their predictions for the conference finals.

All but two of the 21 picked the Penguins to defeat the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final. NHL.com Editor-in-Chief Bill Price, who was one of four experts to predict to Senators would defeat the New York Rangers in the second round, picked them to defeat Pittsburgh, as did NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen. Seventeen of the 21 experts predicted the Predators will defeat the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final.

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Stanley Cup Playoff second-round staff predictions

Capitals, Rangers, Ducks, Predators popular picks to advance by NHL Network, NHL.com experts

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If at first you don't succeed, try again.

A total of 21 analysts, writers and editors from NHL Network and NHL.com made predictions before the Stanley Cup Playoffs began. Eleven picked the Washington Capitals to win it all, nine went with the Chicago Blackhawks, and one had the Montreal Canadiens.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs staff predictions

Experts from NHL Network, NHL.com favor Capitals, Blackhawks to win Stanley Cup

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Experts from NHL.com and NHL Network have made their Stanley Cup Playoff picks, and the winner will be the Washington Capitals. Or the Chicago Blackhawks. Or maybe even the Montreal Canadiens.

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Sharks will win first Stanley Cup title, experts say

17 of 21 from NHL.com, NHL Network pick San Jose to defeat Penguins in Final

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The experts from NHL.com and NHL Network have made their Stanley Cup Final picks, and the San Jose Sharks are an overwhelming favorite to win it all.

Of the 21 analysts, 17 picked the Sharks to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Final, which begins at Consol Energy Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp and NHL.com writers Dan Rosen, Matt Cubeta and Robert Laflamme have the Penguins winning the series.

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NHL.com, NHL Network playoff staff picks

Look ahead to Conference Finals; recap of Second Round

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And then there were four.

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs entering the conference finals, 21 NHL.com and NHL Network experts have weighed in on their selections on which teams will emerge triumphant and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Sixteen experts picked the Pittsburgh Penguins to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, which begins with Game 1 on Friday at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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NHL.com, NHL Network playoff staff picks

Look ahead to Second Round; recap of First Round

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The experts from NHL Network and NHL.com have made their picks for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the St. Louis Blues are an overwhelming favorite to defeat the Dallas Stars and advance to the Western Conference Final. Of the 21 experts, one -- NHL.com Editor in Chief Bill Price -- has Dallas advancing past the second round. Price is the lone expert to pick the Stars to win the Stanley Cup.

Three experts -- NHL.com Director - Editorial Shawn P. Roarke, NHL.com Staff Writer David Satriano and LNH.com Senior Writer Robert LaFlamme -- went 6-2 in the first round.

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NHL.com, NHL Network playoff forecast

21 experts weigh in with Stanley Cup predictions

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The experts from NHL.com and NHL Network have made their Stanley Cup Playoff picks, and the winner will be the Washington Capitals. Or the Anaheim Ducks. Or the Los Angeles Kings.

A total of 21 analysts, writers and editors made their predictions, and seven, including NHL Network analysts Scott Stevens, Mike Rupp and Dave Reid, picked Washington to win the Stanley Cup for the first time. The Ducks and Kings each had five experts pick them to win it all.

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