2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs First-Round Picks

The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs start Wednesday night! Following are the StanleyCup predictions from HockeyFanLand

St. Louis Blues versus Minnesota Wild

the Minnesota wild have relied heavily on Devan Dubnyk to save their season. He has done an unbelievable job, considering career stats. in his career he has zero playoff experience. The St. Louis Blues are a team that will be solely judged on playoff success. This is their time to run with it. St. Louis Blues in five

Nashville Predators versus Chicago Blackhawks

This is the toughest opening-round series for me to predict. Experience will prevail. Chicago Blackhawks in seven

Anaheim Ducks versus Winnipeg Jets

Jets’ fans have been waiting a long time to celebrate the return of playoff hockey to Winnipeg. The home-building will be rocking, but I don’t believe that will be enough to overpower the Ducks’ Anaheim Ducks in five  

Vancouver Canucks versus Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames and waited six years to return to the playoffs. youth, service team well perhaps the biggest surprise team of the season. The first round is where this journey ends. Vancouver Canucks in six.

Montréal Canadiens versus Ottawa Senators

The Sens’ went on a historical second-half run. Goaltender Andrew Hammond recorded the best ever record over goalies first 25 starts in the National Hockey League. However, Carey Price has been that surefire NHL MVP all season long.  Montréal Canadiens  in seven.

Tampa Bay Lightning versus Detroit Red Wings

Detroit holds the record for most consecutive playoff appearances by North American sports franchise. having said this, Tampa Bay’s mix of youth, speed, and depth. Will be too much for the old warhorses of Detroit to handle. Tampa Bay Lightning in five.

New York Rangers versus Pittsburgh Penguins

The New York Rangers by all accounts are the Stanley Cup favorites. NYR represented the Eastern Conference season ago, and many experts have them at least going that far again… Pittsburgh was slipping down the standings late in the season. Crosby and company can never be taken lightly. However, Pittsburgh, has under performed in the playoffs when you consider team expectations. New York Rangers in six     

 

Washington Capitals versus New York Islanders

This is the opening-round series that intrigues me the most.  just because it will be a treat to watch two of the best NHL players go head-to-head for seven games.  John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin will a treat for the hockey world to watch. I am actually hoping that one of these two  will hoist the Stanley Cup over their head when it’s all said and done. Washington Capitals in seven.