Murphy’s Hockey Law Staff 2018 Stanley Cup Predictions

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The best time of the year is upon us as the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Wednesday night! Will the Pittsburgh Penguins become the first team to three-repeat since the 1982-85 Oilers? Will the Nashville Predators finish what they started and become the first President’s Trophy winner to win the Cup since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings? Will there be a Cinderella team? Devils or Avalanche anyone?

The story of the 2018 Stanley Cup is about to be written and for most players they have waited all their lives for this moment. So, without further ado here are our staff predictions for the first round, Stanley Cup Final, and eventual champions!

 

Jimmy Murphy-

East– Lightning over Devils in 6; Maple Leafs over Bruins in 6; Capitals over Blue Jackets in 5; Flyers over Penguins in 7

West– Predators over Avalanche in 5; Jets over Wild in 7; Golden Knights over Kings in 7; Ducks over Sharks in 4

Stanley Cup Final: Predators over Maple Leafs

Terry Ryan-

East– Lightning over Devils in 6; Maple Leafs over Bruins in 7; Capitals over Blue Jackets in 6; Penguins over Flyers in 7

West– Predators over Avalanche in 5; Jets over Wild in 6; Kings over Golden Knights in 7; Ducks over Sharks in 4

Stanley Cup Final: Ducks over Penguins

 

Alex Thomas-

East– Lightning over Devils in 5; Bruins over Maple Leafs in 7; Capitals over Blue Jackets in 6, Penguins over Flyers in 6

West– Predators over Avalanche in 6; Jets over Wild in 5; Golden Knights over Kings in 7; Sharks over Ducks in 6

Stanley Cup Final: Sharks over Capitals

Josie Lemieux-

East– Lightning over Devils in 5; Maple Leafs over Bruins in 7; Capitals over Blue Jackets in 6; Penguins over Flyers in 6

West– Predators over Avalanche in 5; Jets over Wild in 5; Golden Knights over Kings in 6; Sharks over Ducks in 7

Stanley Cup Final: Lightning over Predators

Matt Brown-

East– Lightning over Devils in 4; Bruins over Maple Leafs in 7; Capitals over Blue Jackets in 6, Penguins over Flyers in 4

West– Predators over Avalanche in 5; Jets over Wild in 4; Kings over Golden Knights in 7; Sharks over Ducks in 6

Stanley Cup Final: Predators over Bruins

 

Jim Biringer-

East– Lightning over Devils in 6; Maple Leafs over Bruins in 7; Capitals over Blue Jackets in 7, Penguins over Flyers in 6

West– Predators over Avalanche in 4; Jets over Wild in 5; Kings over Golden Knights in 6; Ducks over Sharks in 7

Stanley Cup Final: Jets over Penguins

 

Tom Fitzgerald-

East – Lightning over Devils in 5, Bruins over Maple Leafs in 7, Capitals over Blue Jackets in 6, Penguins over Flyers in 4.

West – Predators over Avalanche in 5, Jets over Wild 6, Golden Knights over Kings in 7, Ducks over Sharks in 6.

Stanley Cup Final: Bruins over Predators

2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Photo Credit: By Michael Miller (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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