Very early 24 team Playoff Predictions (Stanley Cup Winner)

By TheHockeyPress .
May. 26, 2020

Welcome Back!

Well, well, well after months of closure due to covid-19, the NHL has finally took steps towards finishing up the 2019-2020 regular season.

In other news, TheHockeyPress is back. I don’t know what I am going to be posting on here, but I am always open to suggestions. DraftKings/FanDuel lineups will be back when games resume.

The 24 team plan

Gary Bettman spoke today regarding whats next for the NHL.

The plan going forward has training camps starting around mid July, meaning the games will be played hopefully sometime in August. Leaving plenty of hockey going into the fall.

Under the new circumstances, the league will use each team’s points percentage to determine the rankings. The Eastern Conference will have one hub city where all the games will be held, and same with the Western Conference in a different hub city. The hub city’s are still up for discussion but the possible destinations included; Toronto, Chicago, Edmonton, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Vancouver etc.

The top four clubs in each conference will play in seperate round-robin tournaments to determine seeding. The other eight teams in each conference will play in a best of five series to leave the league with 16 teams to advance to the 2019-2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Heres an outline:

Predictions

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs v.s Columbus Blue Jackets:

Offense: Maple Leafs

Defense: Blue Jackets

Goaltending: Maple Leafs

Coaching: Blue Jackets

THP Opinion: Maple Leafs

Winner: Maple Leafs

Series Prediction: 3-2

Pittsburgh Penguins v.s Montreal Canadiens

Offense: Penguins

Defense: Penguins

Goaltending: Canadiens

Coaching: Penguins

THP Opinion: Penguins

Winner: Penguins

Series Prediction: 3-1

New York Islanders v.s Florida Panthers

Offense: Panthers

Defense: Islanders

Goaltending: Islanders

Coaching: Islanders

THP Opinion: Islanders

Winner: Islanders

Series Prediction: 3-2

Carolina Hurricanes v.s New York Rangers

Offense: Rangers

Defense: Hurricanes

Goaltending: Rangers

Coaching: Hurricanes

THP Opinion: Hurricanes

Winner: Hurricanes

Series Prediction: 3-2

Western Conference

Calgary Flames v.s Winnipeg Jets

Offense: Jets

Defense: Flames

Goaltending: Jets

Coaching: Flames

THP Opinion: Flames

Winner: Flames

Series Prediction: 3-2

Edmonton Oilers v.s Chicago Blackhawks

Offense: Oilers

Defense: Blackhawks

Goaltending: Oilers

Coaching: Oilers

THP Opinion: Oilers

Winner: Oilers

Series Prediction: 3-1

Vancouver Canucks v.s Minnesota Wild

Offense: Canucks

Defense: Wild

Goaltending: Wild

Coaching: Canucks

THP Opinion: Wild

Winner: Canucks

Series Prediction: 3-2

Nashville Predators v.s Arizona Coyotes

Offense: Predators

Defense: Predators

Goaltending: Coyotes

Coaching: Coyotes

THP Opinion: Predators

Winner: Predators

Series Prediction: 3-1

Round Robin Predictions

Eastern Conference Ranks:

  1. Boston Bruins
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning
  3. Washington Capitals
  4. Philadelphia Flyers

Wester Conference Ranks:

  1. Colorado Avalanche
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. Dallas Stars
  4. Las Vegas Golden Knights

2019-2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions:

Round 1:

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs v.s Boston Bruins

Offense: Maple Leafs

Defense: Bruins

Goaltending: Maple Leafs

Coaching: Bruins

THP Opinion: Maple Leafs

Winner: Maple Leafs

Series Prediction: 3-2

Pittsburgh Penguins v.s Philadelphia Flyers

Offense: Penguins

Defense: Flyers

Goaltending: Penguins

Coaching: Penguins

THP Opinion: Penguins

Winner: Penguins

Series Prediction: 3-1

Tampa Bay Lightning v.s New York Islanders

Offense: Lightning

Defense: Lightning

Goaltending: Lightning

Coaching: Islanders

THP Opinion: Lightning

Winner: Lightning

Series Prediction: 3-2

Carolina Hurricanes v.s Washington Capitals

Offense: Capitals

Defense: Capitals

Goaltending: Capitals

Coaching: Capitals

THP Opinion: Hurricanes (Final Vote)

Winner: Hurricanes

Series Prediction: 3-1

Western Conference

Calgary Flames v.s Colorado Avalanche

Offense: Avalanche

Defense: Flames

Goaltending: Flames

Coaching: Avalanche

THP Opinion: Flames

Winner: Flames

Series Prediction: 3-2

Edmonton Oilers v.s Vegas Golden Knights

Offense: Oilers

Defense: Oilers

Goaltending: Golden Knights

Coaching: Golden Knights

THP Opinion: Oilers

Winner: Oilers

Series Prediction: 3-1

Vancouver Canucks v.s St. Louis Blues

Offense: Blues

Defense: Blues

Goaltending: Blues

Coaching: Canucks

THP Opinion: Blues

Winner: Blues

Series Prediction: 3-0

Nashville Predators v.s Dallas Stars

Offense: Predators

Defense: Stars

Goaltending: Stars

Coaching: Predators

THP Opinion: Stars

Winner: Stars

Series Prediction: 3-1

Round 2:

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs v.s Pittsburgh Penguins

Offense: Maple Leafs

Defense: Penguins

Goaltending: Penguins

Coaching: Penguins

THP Opinion: Maple Leafs (Final Vote)

Winner: Maple Leafs

Series Prediction: 3-2

Tampa Bay Lightning v.s Carolina Hurricanes

Offense: Lightning

Defense: Lightning

Goaltending: Lightning

Coaching: Lightning

THP Opinion: Lightning

Winner: Lightning

Series Prediction: 3-1

Western Conference

Calgary Flames v.s Edmonton Oilers

Offense: Oilers

Defense: Flames

Goaltending: Flames

Coaching: Oilers

THP Opinion: Oilers

Winner: Oilers

Series Prediction: 3-1

St. Louis Blues v.s Dallas Stars

Offense: Blues

Defense: Blues

Goaltending: Stars

Coaching: Stars

THP Opinion: Stars

Winner: Stars

Series Prediction: 3-2

Round 3:

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs v.s Tampa Bay Lightning

Offense: Maple Leafs

Defense: Lightning

Goaltending: Lightning

Coaching: Lightning

THP Opinion: Lightning

Winner: Lightning

Series Prediction: 4-2

Western Conference

Edmonton Oilers v.s Dallas Stars

Offense: Oilers

Defense: Stars

Goaltending: Stars

Coaching: Oilers

THP Opinion: Oilers

Winner: Oilers

Series Prediction: 4-3

Stanley Cup Finals:

Tampa Bay Lightning v.s Edmonton Oilers

Offense: Lightning

Defense: Lightning

Goaltending: Lightning

Coaching: Lightning

THP Opinion: Lightning

Winner: Lightning

Series Prediction: 4-2

Your 2019-2020 NHL Stanley Cup Champion is the Tampa Bay Lightning!

Take these predictions with a grain of salt because these matchups can change at any time and it is WAY too early to tell how any of these teams will fair in the playoffs.

Just me sharing my opinion!

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