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Expert Predictions: 2016 Playoffs

The 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway on Wednesday, April 13. As we do every season, The Fourth Period's experts have offered up their Round 1 predictions.
 

Eastern Conference

 

Detroit Red Wings PHILADELPHIA FLYERS @ Tampa Bay Lightning WASHINGTON CAPITALS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 4 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7
M.V.P. Braden Holtby Alex Ovechkin Braden Holtby Alex Ovechkin Alex Ovechkin Claude Giroux Evgeni Kuznetsov

 

Detroit Red Wings NEW YORK RANGERS @ Tampa Bay Lightning PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Tampa Bay Lightning in 4 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5
M.V.P. Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Phil Kessel Kris Letang Sidney Crosby

 

Detroit Red Wings NEW YORK ISLANDERS @ Tampa Bay Lightning FLORIDA PANTHERS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Detroit Red Wings in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7
M.V.P. John Tavares Aleksander Barkov Aaron Ekblad Roberto Luongo Jaromir Jagr Nick Bjudstad Aleksander Barkov

 

Detroit Red Wings DETROIT RED WINGS @ Tampa Bay Lightning TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Detroit Red Wings in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Detroit Red Wings in 7 Detroit Red Wings in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Detroit Red Wings in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7
M.V.P. Andreas Athanasiou Jonathan Drouin Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin Jonathan Drouin Jonathan Drouin Victor Hedman


Western Conference

 

Detroit Red Wings MINNESOTA WILD @ Tampa Bay Lightning DALLAS STARS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 4 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6
M.V.P. Jamie Benn Jamie Benn Jamie Benn Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Patrick Sharp Jamie Benn

 

Detroit Red Wings CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS @ Tampa Bay Lightning ST. LOUIS BLUES
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Detroit Red Wings in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Detroit Red Wings in 6 Detroit Red Wings in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Detroit Red Wings in 7 Detroit Red Wings in 7
M.V.P. Brent Seabrook Vladimir Tarasenko Patrick Kane Patrick Kane Vladimir Tarasenko Jonathan Toews Patrick Kane

 

Detroit Red Wings NASHVILLE PREDATORS @ Tampa Bay Lightning ANAHEIM DUCKS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Detroit Red Wings in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6
M.V.P. Rickard Rakell Corey Perry Ryan Kesler Rickard Rakell Filip Forsberg Ryan Kesler Ryan Getzlaf

 

Detroit Red Wings SAN JOSE SHARKS @ Tampa Bay Lightning LOS ANGELES KINGS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Detroit Red Wings in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Detroit Red Wings in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7
M.V.P. Brent Burns Jonathan Quick Jeff Carter Jonathan Quick Joe Thornton Drew Doughty Jonathan Quick

 

The Fourth Period's Experts:
Tab BAMFORD: Columnist, Chicago
Dennis BERNSTEIN: Senior Writer
Patrick GREISSING: Washington Correspondent
Shawn HUTCHEON: Boston Correspondent
Patrick KEARNS: Columnist, New York
David PAGNOTTA: Editor-in-Chief
David STREHLE: Philadelphia Correspondent

 

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