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2013 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup

It's Boston vs Chicago for the Stanley Cup, winner takes all. (SportsNation)

As you can see from the map, most of the country believes Chicago will skate away with the Stanley Cup. You may also notice that the only states that believe Boston will win are Boston’s home states of New England and Michigan, home to Chicago’s arch rivals Detroit. But whatever you think about that, it’s time for us to bring you the last of our selections for the Stanley Cup Finals.

With the talent on both sides, it’s no wonder that a lengthy series is predicted, with either six or seven games on all counts. Goalies, as the most conspicuous players, are always a good bet to make waves in the MVP voting, but powerful forwards have also been known to make their mark as well.

Speaking of which, the playoffs MVP will be a new scoring category in our Pick ‘Em, now that we’re in the final round. And in addition, just for the finals, all point values are doubled! That means that picking the winner of the series is worth four points, while picking how many games the series will last and the playoffs MVP are worth two points each.

And in the event anyone finishes tied, we’ll also be guessing Tuukka Rask’s save percentage over the course of the entire series. Whoever guesses closest, above or below, will get the edge.

So now that the groundwork has been laid, check below for the picks, and come back once the series is complete for the final standings and results.

Name John Nick Taylor
Blackhawks vs
Bruins
Winner Bruins Bruins Bruins
Series
Length
7 6 6
MVP Tuukka Rask Patrice Bergeron Tuukka Rask
Tiebreaker Rask’s Save % .942 .930 .933
Total Points 18 26 19

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