The 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us, and before they begin, everyone is trying to predict who will win the cup. Now we all know Pittsburgh has one it for two years in a row, and Flyers fans could only watch, now they have the chance to show them who did it first. And after 4 goals in 5 minutes, the Leafs are wanting revenge on Original 6 Rival the Bruins. And with these playoffs featuring the 4 newest team, is it the beginning of an era?
Here’s my preview and predictions for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Above is my Bracket, which has my predictions for the whole Playoffs. For this post I will just be presenting my predictions for round 1.
(A1)Tampa Bay Lightning vs (WC2) New Jersey Devils.
I predict that Tampa will win this series in 6 Games. Tampa Bay Lightning will most likely win this series, as they have been the team to watch this year with Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevsky. But I think the Devils are a good first round match up. Last year they had won of their worst seasons ever, to having Taylor Hall being a potential Hart MVP. Though New Jersey is a good team, many think Tampa will win the cup, so I have to have them winning this.
(A2) Boston Bruins vs (A3) Toronto Maple Leafs.
I predict that the Leafs will win this one in 7 games. To be fair the Leafs are a really young squad, but aside from Brad Marchand the Bruins really aren’t that good of team. I don’t know about people in America, but in Canada all you hear about the Leafs are good things as they set a franchise record in Wins, and young guns Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews are still hungry for more in the playoffs. I think that the Leafs will get revenge for “4 goals in 5 minutes” five years ago, and sneak past the Bruins this year.
(M1) Washington Capitals vs(WC1) Columbus Blue Jackets.
I predict Washington will sweep the Jackets. The Caps seem to have good season every year, and yet they can’t beat Pittsburgh. This year won’t be any different. but for Columbus the team has a good goalie but really I think Ovi and the caps have got this series hunkered down.
(M2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs (M3) Philadelphia Flyers.
I predict that Pittsburgh will win in 7. Both these teams have had a great season, and make a really good playoff match up, especially as both these teams are from Penn State. Though Philadelphia is probably wanting to beat their biggest rival after winning back to back cups, but I still think that Pittsburgh will take this one in 7.
(C1) Nashville Predators vs (WC2) Colorado Avalanche.
I predict that Nashville will take this one in 5. Sure the Avalanche have had an amazing season after a horrible one last year, but the Predators have been the story team of the whole league. The Predators won their first President’s Trophy, and are sure to go far these playoffs. Colorado certainly can beat them, but I don’t think four games is easy enough to beat the presidents trophy winners.
(C2) Winnipeg Jets vs (C3) Minnesota Wild.
I predict Winnipeg will sweep Minnesota. Winnipeg had an ubelivable season, they may as well win the cup. The Wild certainly had a good season, but it is not good enough to beat the Jets.
(P1) Vegas Golden Knights vs (WC1) Los Angeles Kings
I predict the Golden Knights will take this in 5 games. The Golden Knights have set multiple records for an Expansion Franchise in their first year, so its no doubt they will win this series, but the Kings still have a shot at winning a game or two.
(P2) Anaheim Ducks vs (P3) San Jose Sharks.
I predict San Jose will win in 7 games. Know here’s a series were neither of these teams really made league headlines this year. The Ducks have been good for a while, but they just can’t seem to make the playoffs. I can see the Ducks losing game 6 on the road then go home and loss game 7.
That’s my predictions for round 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. What do you think? Feel free to comment me your predictions and send me your bracket. Ill be recapping this round when it ends and be predicting the next round. Until next time thanks for reading.