NHL Playoff Bracket Predictions

Western Conference- 1st Round

Nashville Predators 1 vs. Colorado Avalanche wc

Not trying to throw any shade at Colorado here but to be 100% honest I don’t se this one as being much of a series. I think Nashville will take this series in 5 games after giving up the series clinching game 4. They will rebound an win game 5.

Prediction: Nashville wins series 4-1

Winnipeg Jets 2 vs. Minnesota Wild 3

So looking at the analytics of this game, the Jets slightly edge out the wild in goals per game, goals against per game, power play %, penalty kill percentage, and face-off %. I think this series will be a close one. I believe Winnipeg takes the series in 7.

Prediction: Winnipeg wins series 4-3

Vegas Golden Knights 1 vs. Los Angeles Kings wc

What an impressive season by the Golden Knights. I think they will continue to impress people with a 1st round series win. The kings will play them tough in the 6 games that they will play, but they wont come out on top.

Prediction: Vegas wins series 4-2

Anaheim Ducks 2 vs. San Jose Sharks 3

Both of these teams have been solid this year and in the past. Between the experience on both sides and the gameplay on both teams I can see this one going the distance. However, looking at the analytics of this series the biggest difference is the Sharks average 3.01 goals per game and the Ducks average 2.82 goals per game. Sharks take this in 7.

Prediction: San Jose wins series 4-3

Western Conference- 2nd Round

Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets 2

This series is would be quite the match up they both are capable of playing some pretty good hockey. I think the key factor in this one is going to be experience, and its no secret the predators have that playoff experience. The edge goes to Nashville in 6 games.

Prediction: Nashville wins series 4-2

Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks 3

This is a dream match up for the Knights as they score more goals per game, and also give up lets goals per game. I anticipate the Knights would dominate this series and win it in 5 games.

Prediction: Vegas win series 4-1

Western Conference Final

Nashville Predators vs. Vegas Golden Knights 1

While I love what the golden knights have done this season, this matchup would be their kryptonite. They will meet up with just a better, more experienced team. With that being said I still think they play the Predators tough. The Predators win 4-3

Eastern Conference- First Round

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils wc

This wont be much of series here, as the devils have no business being placed in the same category as Tampa Bay. Tampa has the advantage statistically as well. Tampa Bay wins in 4

Prediction: Tampa Bay wins series 4-0

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3

This is a pretty even matchup on paper. with that being said, this is another series were playoff experience will play a factor. Despite a good fight by the Maple Leafs, Boston win the series in 6.

Prediction: Boston wins series 4-2

Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets wc

If you asked me the Blue Jackets have been pretty disappointing as they have regressed this year. It is for this reason that this series will be over rather quickly. Washington takes the series in 5.

Prediction: Washington win series 4-1

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3

This is a great match up for the game of hockey. Nothing is better than a rivalry series. The Flyers will put up a decent fight against the Penguins, but it wont be enough. Penguins win the series in 6.

Prediction: Pittsburgh wins the series 4-2

Eastern Conference- Second Round

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins 2

This will be a pretty good match up. Both teams have a playoff track record, and have players that can perform. I just think that Tampa Bay’s offense will be too much for the bruins to handle. Lightning win in 6.

Prediction: Tampa Bay wins series 4-2

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 2

HMMMM…. I think I smell another Capitals choke on our hands here. Looking at the matchup Washington has the edge. The one thing that can not b calculated is when a team chokes. Pittsburgh wins the series in 7

Prediction: Pittsburgh win series in 4-3

Eastern Conference Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 

This will be a pretty good match up. I think the lightning will take a 3-2 lead in the series, only to give it away as the Penguins will take games 6 and 7 to advance to the finals

Prediction: Pittsburgh wins series in 7 games

Stanley Cup Finals

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators 1

It looks as if the NHL is taking the shape of the NBA as we see a finals repeat. As we know Pittsburgh narrowly won the series and were crowned once again. This time we will see the same thing game 7 will go into overtime, and who but Sidney Crosby will put the game winner in to win the Stanley cup for a third year in a row.

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