Frozen Fantasy: Predicting Lord Stanley

Frozen Fantasy: Predicting Lord Stanley

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

We're past the halfway point in this shortened season, at least for every team not named Dallas. Some teams are surging and others are stumbling. And some continue to be meh.

Just like every other season.

What's not like every other season is the playoff seeding and the path to Lord Stanley. So let's pull out the crystal ball and make some crazy predictions.

Why not?

Vegas and Tampa Bay are the class of the league. But will they meet for the Cup?

Vegas should come out of the West, although Colorado will push them hard. St. Louis is fine, but unspectacular. Minnesota is a fun story, but it won't last.

Tampa is the toast of the Central. I still think Dallas drags itself into the fourth seed, but that will exhaust them. Chicago will make it tough on them. Florida and Carolina play exciting hockey, but Tampa is Tampa. Their goal differential was plus-40 on Saturday. Wow.

Washington could emerge from the East. So could Boston or Pittsburgh. But the New York Islanders play a complete game and come the playoffs, the Trotz-D becomes truly dangerous. I've hated the Isles a long time, but they are hard to deny.

Toronto was the clear best in the North, but they have gotten sluggish. And that's kind. Auston Matthews right wrist isn't right and Frederik Andersen hasn't been right all season. Edmonton is coming on and Connor McDavid torches Winnipeg. But I wouldn't count Carey Price and Montreal out.

Anyone could

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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