2018 NHL Playoff Predictions

With a few weeks to go in the NHL season here are my picks for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and a short reason why I think they will make it.

Metro

  • Washington Capitals
    • Solid team, going to lose in the second round
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
    • Talented team in win now mode, will probably win the division
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
    • Well coached squad with hard working players

Atlantic

  • Tampa Bay Lightening
    • Already clinched a playoff spot, talented goal scorers
  • Boston Bruins
    • Already clinched a playoff spot, veteran team
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
    • Young talent that meshes well together, little playoff experience

Central

  • Nashville Predators
    • Already clinched a playoff spot, looking to head to the finals again
  • Winnipeg Jets
    • Great team when playing at home
  • St Louis Blues
    • Well rounded team on a solid win streak currently

Pacific

  • Las Vegas Knights
    • Impressive year, looking to prove it wasn’t a fluke
  • Anaheim Ducks
    • Talented team in win now mode
  • Las Angeles Kings
    • Veteran team with players who know how to make a difference

East Wild Card

  • New Jersey Devils
    • Good goaltending, Taylor Hall playing well
  • Philadelphia Flyers
    • Weak goaltending may jeopardize a wild card spot, but they may have enough points in the bank to get them to the postseason

West Wild Card

  • San Jose Sharks
    • Currently on a 7-game win streak, solid defensive play
  • Minnesota Wild
    • Good team when playing at home

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