Ducks vs Penguins: Week 13's prediction for the Stanley Cup

The season is about half over now, and while the probable division winners have made themselves known, the rest of the seeding is easily up for grabs. Below Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Division is wide open. Similarly, the Pacific Division is available from #2-#4, and Montreal and Tampa are fighting for home rink advantage in the first round. Much is still going on, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, January 1 at 10:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 13 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 12

December 26, 2013 at 7:23pm in Bruins, NHL
Ducks vs Penguins: Week 12's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Three months are gone in the NHL season, and all the teams are getting some rest on the league’s Christmas vacation. Games resume Friday, and plenty of teams have a lot of work to do. Some positioning is still up for grabs, as well a few spots in the playoff standings. The top contenders are starting to make themselves known, but the middle of the pack is anyone’s game, with many teams vying for home-rink advantage. A lot is still going on despite the standings shaping up, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, December 26: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 12 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 11

December 18, 2013 at 7:07pm in Bruins, NHL
Blackhawks vs Penguins: Week 11's prediction for the Stanley Cup

It won’t be long before the season is half over, but the intrigue is still going strong. Chicago and Pittsburgh easily lead their divisions, but the Conference lead is still up for grabs. Teams are still trying to hack their way into the playoff standings, Wildcard or division. The outside teams in the East are especially bunched up right now, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, December 18, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 11 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10

December 11, 2013 at 5:12pm in Bruins, NHL
Blackhawks vs Bruins: Week 10's prediction for the Stanley Cup

The season is already 10 weeks old, but it remains difficult for any team to make a run. In fact, many teams are out of the picture but remain very close, especially in the East. A few more injuries are rearing their heads around the league as well, threatening to turn everything upside down. A lot’s going on in an Olympics season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, December 11, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10 »

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Blackhawks vs Penguins: Week 9's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Teams are starting to approach 30 games played, but no team has firmly separated themselves from all others. The Metropolitan Division still has several teams fighting for position. Other than Vancouver, the Western Conference is starting to figure out which of its eight teams will play past 82 games. Seeding everywhere is still very much up for grabs, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 4, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 9 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8

November 27, 2013 at 7:00pm in Bruins, NHL
Blackhawks vs Bruins: Week 8's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Two months of the season are gone, and a bit of separation is starting to appear. The best bet for outside East teams right now seems to be working their way into the Metropolitan Division’s top three. The West is a little more open, but with all the strong teams in the race, a Wildcard spot is a good aim for fringe teams there. Still, no team is truly having an easy time, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 27, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7

November 21, 2013 at 10:00pm in Bruins, NHL
Blues vs Bruins: Week 7's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Seven weeks of the season are gone. Most teams are more than a quarter of the way through the season by now, and while the separation of the Wildcard teams from the rest of the pack is starting to appear, things are still close. It’s especially tough in the Western Conference, where all of the top eight teams are doing so well. It’s a rough world in the NHL right now, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, November 21 at 10:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7 »

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