Stanley Cup Playoffs: Staff Predictions

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Staff Predictions

It's finally time for the Stanley Cup playoffs! 

To kick off the postseason, we polled our illustrious NHL content team for their picks in each round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We also asked everybody to give a brief rundown on why they picked their winner to lift Lord Stanley's Chalice. 

We start with the first-round matches in the Eastern Conference, which is headlined by a clash of division rivals Boston and Toronto and is heavily split between our experts. Meanwhile, we all find ourselves on the Lightning and Capitals. 

First RoundTampa Bay vs ColumbusBoston vs TorontoWashington vs CarolinaNew York vs Pittsburgh
Sasha YodashkinLightning in 5Bruins in 7Capitals in 5Penguins in 6
AJ ScholzLightning in 5Bruins in 7Capitals in 6Penguins in 5
Mike GayLightning in 4Maple Leafs in 7Capitals in 5Penguins in 4
Tim SchulerLightning in 5Maple Leafs in 7Capitals in 5Penguins in 7
Kyle RileyLightning in 5Bruins in 7Capitals in 5Islanders in 7
Paul BrunoLightning in 5Maple Leafs in 7Capitals in 5Penguins in 6

The Western Conference offers several intriguing options, but perhaps none more so than San Jose versus Vegas, with the clubs having split their four regular-season matchups, though we find ourselves unanimous on the Golden Knights pulling this one out. Despite their high-powered offense, two of our guys peg the Jets to suffer an early exit. 

First Round
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Paul Bruno
Paul Bruno is co-host of the RotoWire fantasy hockey podcast, PUCKCAST with Statsman and AJ. He has been an accredited member of the Toronto sports media for more than 20 years. Paul also helps with RW's DFS podcast and is a contributing writer for RW NFL, MLB and CFL content. Follow him on twitter: @statsman22.
Mike Gay
Mike has written for RotoWire over 10 years. As a proud Western Michigan University alum, he bleeds brown and gold.
Kyle Riley
Kyle is RotoWire's NHL Editor and has been covering all things hockey for the website since 2015. He's an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan and a proud UW-Madison alum.
AJ Scholz
Co-Host of PuckCast with Statsman and AJ and unabashed Penguins fan.
Sasha Yodashkin
Sasha has been contributing NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and Tennis content to RotoWire since 2015, with an emphasis on DFS. He is a huge New York sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since middle school.
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