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Expert Predictions: 2016 Playoffs

The Conference Finals of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway on Friday, May 13, starting with the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference Final begins on Sunday, May 15.

Take a look back at our
Round 1 Predictions.

 

Eastern Conference Final

 

Tampa Bay Lightning TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING @ Tampa Bay Lightning PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6
M.V.P. Victor Hedman Sidney Crosby Phil Kessel Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Evgeni Malkin Phil Kessel


Western Conference Final

 

San Jose Sharks SAN JOSE SHARKS @ St. Louis Blues ST. LOUIS BLUES
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner San Jose Sharks in 6 San Jose Sharks in 6 St. Louis Blues in 6 St. Louis Blues in 7 San Jose Sharks in 6 San Jose Sharks in 7 San Jose Sharks in 6
M.V.P. Logan Couture Logan Couture Brian Elliott Vladimir Tarasenko Joe Thornton Joe Pavelski Brent Burns

 



 

Eastern Conference - Semifinal

 

Tampa Bay Lightning PITTSBURGH PENGUINS @ Tampa Bay Lightning WASHINGTON CAPITALS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7
M.V.P. Alex Ovechkin Sidney Crosby Braden Holtby Braden Holtby Phil Kessel Kris Letang Kris Letang

 

Detroit Red Wings NEW YORK ISLANDERS @ Tampa Bay Lightning TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Detroit Red Wings in 6 Detroit Red Wings in 6 Detroit Red Wings in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Detroit Red Wings in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Detroit Red Wings in 6
M.V.P. John Tavares John Tavares Kyle Okposo Nikita Kucherov John Tavares Ben Bishop John Tavares


Western Conference - Semifinal

 

St. Louis Blues ST. LOUIS BLUES @ Dallas Stars DALLAS STARS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Dallas Stars in 5 Dallas Stars in 6 St. Louis Blues in 6 St. Louis Blues in 6 St. Louis Blues in 5 Dallas Stars in 7 St. Louis Blues in 6
M.V.P. Jason Spezza Jamie Benn Brian Elliott Brian Elliott Vladimir Tarasenko Patrick Sharp Vladimir Tarasenko

 

Nashville Predators Nashville Predators @ San Jose Sharks SAN JOSE SHARKS
TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Greissing Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Nashville Predators in 6 San Jose Sharks in 6 San Jose Sharks in 7 San Jose Sharks in 5 San Jose Sharks in 6 San Jose Sharks in 6 Nashville Predators in 7
M.V.P. Ryan Johansen Joe Pavelski Joe Pavelski Joe Pavelski Joe Thornton Brent Burns Shea Weber

 

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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