NHL Predictions

I have the Penguins playing the Kings in the Stanley Cup finals.

I have the Penguins playing the Kings in the Stanley Cup finals.

Ahh, it must be fall since the NHL is back. There are few things in sports, if any, that are better and more pure than the hoisting of the Stanley Cup. Always one of the best highlights of every sports year. For whatever reason, the NHL decided to change their playoff format and now it is complicated and annoying, instead of being simple and straight-forward. So, try and follow along as I go.

Well, anyway, here are my predictions and who will be skating around with the Cup in June:

EASTERN CONFERENCE 

Metropolitan 

1) Pittsburgh (108 pts)
2) NY Rangers (100 pts)
3) Washington (95 pts)
4) New Jersey (90 pts)
5) Carolina (88 pts)
6) Philadelphia (87 pts)
7) NY Islanders (82 pts)
8) Columbus (77 pts)

Atlantic

1) Boston (106 pts)
2) Detroit (99 pts)
3) Ottawa (94 pts)
4) Buffalo (91 pts)
5) Toronto (89 pts)
6) Montreal (88 pts)
7) Tampa Bay (81 pts)
8) Florida (70 pts)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central

1) Chicago (112 pts)
2) Minnesota (100 pts)
3) St. Louis (97 pts)
4) Colorado (94 pts)
5) Winnipeg (90 pts)
6) Nashville (88 pts)
7) Dallas (79 pts)

Pacific 

1) Los Angeles (109 pts)
2) San Jose (105 pts)
3) Anaheim (99 pts)
4) Vancouver (98 pts)
5) Edmonton (91 pts)
6) Phoenix (82 pts)
7) Calgary (74 pts)

FIRST ROUND

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey
NY Rangers vs. Washington

Boston vs. Buffalo
Detroit vs. Ottawa

Western Conference

Chicago vs. Colorado
Minnesota vs. St. Louis

Los Angeles vs. Vancouver
San Jose vs. Anaheim

SECOND ROUND

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers
Boston vs. Detroit

Western Conference 

Chicago vs. Minnesota
Los Angeles vs. San Jose

CONFERENCE FINALS

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit

Western Conference

Los Angeles vs. Minnesota

STANLEY CUP FINALS

Pittsburgh vs.  Los Angeles

WINNER 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Out of all the sports, hockey is the hardest to predict and see coming. In April, when the playoffs start, I am going to look back at these predictions and laugh. Oh, boy, how wrong will I be! Enjoy another fantastic NHL season, folks.

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