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NHL playoff predictions 2017: Will the Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions?

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Leading into the start of the playoffs, all of us at Pensburgh have gotten together to put our best (and most likely inaccurate) predictions for the spring.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone loves to make predictions of what’s gonna happen in the NHL playoffs, right? We are no different here at Pensburgh. Can the Penguins repeat? Is this the Capitals year? Can the new additions to the Western Conference playoffs in the Oilers change the guard and go on a run to knock off the Blackhawks or Blues? Questions will become answers. Without further ado, here are our predictions:

Conference Quarterfinals

Name Penguins vs. Blue Jackets Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Canadiens vs. Rangers Bruins vs. Senators Flyers vs. Golf Course Blackhawks vs. Predators Wild vs. Blues Ducks vs. Flames Oilers vs. Sharks
Name Penguins vs. Blue Jackets Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Canadiens vs. Rangers Bruins vs. Senators Flyers vs. Golf Course Blackhawks vs. Predators Wild vs. Blues Ducks vs. Flames Oilers vs. Sharks
Jimmy Penguins in 6 Capitals in 5 Canadiens in 6 Senators in 7 Golf Course in 4 Blackhawks in 5 Blues in 6 Ducks in 7 Sharks in 6
Mike Penguins in 6 Capitals in 5 Canadiens in 6 Bruins in 6 Golf Course in 4 Blackhawks in 6 Blues in 7 Flames in 7 Oilers in 6
Robbie Penguins in 6 Capitals in 5 Canadiens in 7 Bruins in 6 Golf Course in 4 Predators in 7 Wild in 6 Ducks in 7 Oilers in 6
Sarah Penguins in 6 Capitals in 5 Canadiens in 7 Senators in 6 Golf Course in 4 Blackhawks in 5 Wild in 6 Ducks in 6 Oilers in 7
David Penguins in 6 Capitals in 5 Canadiens in 6 Bruins in 6 Golf Course in 4 Blackhawks in 6 Blues in 6 Ducks in 6 Oilers in 6
Brandon Penguins in 7 Capitals in 5 Canadiens in 6 Bruins in 6 Golf Course in 4 Predators in 7 Wild in 7 Ducks in 5 Sharks in 6
Garret Penguins in 6 Capitals in 6 Canadiens in 6 Bruins in 5 Golf Course in 4 Blackhawks in 6 Blues in 7 Ducks in 5 Oilers in 6
Kait Penguins in 6 Capitals in 4 Canadiens in 6 Bruins in 5 Golf Course in 4 Blackhawks in 7 Wild in 6 Ducks in 7 Oilers in 6

Unanimous choices amongst the Penguins, Capitals, and Canadiens. No love for the Rangers. Thank god.

Conference Semifinals

Name Metro Bracket Atlantic Bracket Central Bracket Pacific Bracket
Name Metro Bracket Atlantic Bracket Central Bracket Pacific Bracket
Jimmy Penguins over Capitals Canadiens over Senators Blackhawks over Blues Sharks over Ducks
Mike Penguins over Capitals Canadiens over Bruins Blackhawks over Blues Flames over Oilers
Robbie Penguins over Capitals Bruins over Canadiens Predators over Wild Ducks over Oilers
Sarah Penguins over Capitals Canadiens over Senatirs Blackhawks over Wild Oilers over Ducks
David Capitals over Penguins Canadiens over Bruins Blues over Blackhawks Oilers over Ducks
Brandon Capitals over Penguins Canadiens over Bruins Predators over Wild Sharks over Ducks
Garret Capitals over Penguins Canadiens over Bruins Blackhawks over Blues Ducks over Oilers
Kait Capitals over Penguins Bruins over Canadiens Blackhawks over Wild Ducks over Oilers

Into the 2nd Round selections and things get a bit more interesting to say the least. Between the vaunted potential Penguins-Capitals matchup and what many expect to be another repeat of a big Blackhawks-Blues series, NBC could be rubbing their hands together.

Conference Finals

Name Eastern Conference Western Conference
Name Eastern Conference Western Conference
Jimmy Penguins over Canadiens Blackhawks over Sharks
Mike Penguins over Canadiens Blackhawks over Flames
Robbie Penguins over Bruins Ducks over Predators
Sarah Canadiens over Penguins Blackhawks over Oilers
David Capitals over Canadiens Oilers over Blues
Brandon Capitals over Canadiens Predators over Sharks
Garret Capitals over Canadiens Ducks over Blackhawks
Kait Capitals over Bruins Blackhawks over Ducks

Will the Capitals make it to the Conference Final? Will they win there if they make it? So much potential drama here. Can Connor McDavid carry Edmonton on his back to make a Cup run?

Stanley Cup Final

Name Stanley Cup Final
Name Stanley Cup Final
Jimmy Penguins over Blackhawks
Mike Penguins over Blackhawks
Robbie Penguins over Ducks
Sarah Blackhawks over Canadiens
David Oilers over Capitals
Brandon Capitals over Predators
Garret Capitals over Ducks
Kait Capitals over Blackhawks

My god, the world would explode if it ended up being Penguins and Blackhawks. NBC might just self-immolate in LEADERSHIP AND STAR POWER.

Buckle up, everyone. See you tonight for Game 1.