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Who’s Picking Who: NHL Stanley Cup Predictions



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If you’re not a fan of the Capitals or the Blackhawks, you’re going to have a bad time with the experts’ NHL Stanley Cup predictions. In fact, in every single prediction (except one without a finals opponent) either the Capitals or Blackhawks were picked to appear in the finals.

It’s hard enough to repeat in the NHL as is, add the injury to Kris Letang, and most experts seem to have shied away from picking the Penguins to make it back to the Finals.

Here are the crib notes for the who the experts are picking as their 2017 Stanley Cup Champion. There is, to say the least, not a lot of diversity amongst the picks.

  • Washington Capitals: 28 out of 46 picks
  • Chicago Blackhawks: 12 out of 46 picks
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: 3 out of 46 picks
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: 1 out of 46 picks
  • Montreal Canadiens: 1 out of 46 picks
  • Nasville Predators: 1 out of 46 picks

Pittsburgh Hockey Now

  • Dan Kingerski: Blackhawks over Penguins in 7

YAHOO! Sports Puck Daddy

  • Greg Wyshynski: Capitals over Wild in 7
  • Sean Leahy: Capitals over Sharks in 6
  • Jen Neale: Blackhawks over Penguins in 7
  • Josh Cooper: Blackhawks over Capitals in 7
  • Ryan Lambert: Capitals over Blackhawks in 6
  • Justin Cuthbert: Capitals over Blackhawks in 7
  • Steve Laidlaw: Capitals over Blackhawks in 6

USA Today

  • Kevin Allen: Penguins over Blackhawks
  • Jimmy Hascup: Capitals over Oilers
  • Mike Brehm: Blackhawks over Capitals


  • John Shannon: Blackhawks over Penguins
  • Eric Engels: Blackhawks over Canadiens
  • Christine Simpson: Capitals over Blackhawks
  • Luke Fox: Capitals over Blackhawks
  • Chris Johnston: Capitals over Ducks
  • Mark Spector: Penguins over Blackhawks
  • Gord Stellick: Capitals over Flames
  • Jeff Marek: Predators over Capitals
  • David Amber: Capitals over Flames
  • Sean McIndoe: Capitals over Blackhawks
  • Daren Millard: Capitals over Blackhawks
  • Ryan Dixon: Capitals over Blackhawks
  • Eric Francis: Capitals over Ducks
  • Rory Boylen: Blackhawks over Boston
  • Doug McLean: Capitals over Blackhawks


  • Scott Cullen: Capitals over Blackhawks


  • Scott Burnside: Washington Capitals
  • Corey Pronman: Washington Capitals
  • Rob Vollman: Washington Capitals
  • Craig Custance: Chicago Blackhawks
  • Pierre LeBrun: Chicago Blackhawks
  • Joe McDonald: Columbus Blue Jackets

Pro Hockey Talk

  • Jason Brough: Washington Capitals
  • Mike Halford: Chicago Blackhawks
  • Adam Gretz: Washington Capitals
  • James O’Brien: Washington Capitals
  • Cam Tucker: Washington Capitals
  • Joey Alfieri: Chicago Blackhawks


  • Pat Iversen: Capitals over Ducks
  • Mary Clarke: Capitals over Wild
  • Mike Darnay: Penguins over Blackhawks
  • Sarah Hall: Canadiens over Blackhawks
  • Achariya: Capitals over Wild
  • Eric Seeds: Blackhawks over Capitals
  • Kyle Keller: Capitals over Blackhawks

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