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Expert Predictions: 2017 Playoffs

The 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway on Wednesday, April 12. As we do every season, The Fourth Period's experts have offered up their Round 1 predictions.
 

Eastern Conference

TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Winner Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5
M.V.P. Marcus Johansson Justin Williams Nicklas Backstrom Nicklas Backstrom Justin Williams Nicklas Backstrom Nicklas Backstrom

TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Winner Columbus Blue Jackets in 7 Columbus Blue Jackets in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6
M.V.P. Nick Foligno Sergei Bobrovsky Sidney Crosby Phil Kessel Phil Kessel Phil Kessel Matt Murray

TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Winner Montreal Canadiens in 7 New York Rangers in 6 New York Rangers in 6 New York Rangers in 7 Montreal Canadiens in 6 New York Rangers in 6 New York Rangers in 7
M.V.P. Andrew Shaw Mika Zibanejad Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist Brendan Gallagher Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundvist

TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Winner Boston Bruins in 5 Ottawa Senators in 7 Boston Bruins in 7 Boston Bruins in 6 Ottawa Senators in 6 Boston Bruins in 7 Boston Bruins in 5
M.V.P. Brad Marchand Derick Brassard Tuukka Rask Brad Marchand Mark Stone Brad Marchand Brad Marchand


Western Conference

TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Winner Chicago Blackhawks in 6 Chicago Blackhawks in 4 Chicago Blackhawks in 6 Chicago Blackhawks in 6 Chicago Blackhawks in 5 Chicago Blackhawks in 6 Chicago Blackhawks in 7
M.V.P. Duncan Keith Patrick Kane Patrick Kane Artemi Panarin Patrick Kane Patrick Kane Patrick Kane

TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Pagnotta Strehle
Winner Minnesota Wild in 7 Minnesota Wild in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 Minnesota Wild in 5 Minnesota Wild in 7 Minnesota Wild in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 7
M.V.P. Nino Niederreiter Martin Hanzal Vladimir Tarasenko Eric Staal Vladimir Tarasenko Mikael Granlund Jake Allen

TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Winner Calgary Flames in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 Calgary Flames in 7 Calgary Flames in 7 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Tampa Bay Lightning in 6
M.V.P. Mikael Backlund Ryan Getzlaf Ryan Getzlaf Dougie Hamilton Brian Elliott Rickard Rakell Ryan Kesler

TFP Panel Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Winner Edmonton Oilers in 6 Edmonton Oilers in 5 Detroit Red Wings in 6 Detroit Red Wings in 7 Edmonton Oilers in 6 Edmonton Oilers in 6 Edmonton Oilers in 6
M.V.P. Connor McDavid Connor McDavid Brent Burns Brent Burns Jordan Eberle Connor McDavid Connor McDavid

 

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

 

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