First Round Predictions: 6-2
The exciting first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs featured five of the eight series going the full seven games, with two of them decided in overtime. My sleeper team, the Wild, competed well, but were eliminated by the Blues. I still maintain the Lightning will be there at the end as "3-Peat" champions.
A personal "shoutout" to Stars goalie Jake Oettinger who made 64 saves during their 3-2 overtime loss at Calgary. The congratulatory line at the end of the contest moved much slower than usual as every Flames' player acknowledged Oettinger's outstanding performance in the net.
Second Round Predictions:
Eastern Conference
- Lightning over the Panthers in 7-games
- Hurricanes over the Rangers in 5-games
Western Conference
- Avalanche over the Blues in 6-games
- Flames over the Oilers in 6-games