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The 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 11th, and as we do every year, The Fourth Period's panel of experts -- this time joined by two special guests -- weigh in with their Round 1 Predictions and Series MVP.

WASHINGTON vs. COLUMBUS

tfp panel

Bamford

Bernstein

Di Marco

Hoven

Hutcheon

Pagnotta

Spraker

Strehle

Ward

winner

in 5 in 6 in 7 in 6 in 7 in 6 in 6 in 7 in 6

M.V.P.

John Carlson

Seth Jones

Alex Ovechkin

Dmitry Orlov

Sergei Bobrovsky

Nicklas Backstrom

Nicklas Backstrom

Sergei Bobrovsky

Evgeni Kuznetsov

 

PITTSBURGH vs. PHILADELPHIA

tfp panel

Bamford

Bernstein

Di Marco

Hoven

Hutcheon

Pagnotta

Spraker

Strehle

Ward

winner

in 6 in 5 in 6 in 6 in 5 in 6 in 5 in 6 in 5

M.V.P.

Claude Giroux

Evgeni Malkin

Sidney Crosby

Claude Giroux

Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin

Sidney Crosby

Phil Kessel

 

TAMPA BAY vs. NEW JERSEY

tfp panel

Bamford

Bernstein

Di Marco

Hoven

Hutcheon

Pagnotta

Spraker

Strehle

Ward

winner

in 7 in 5 in 7 in 5 in 6 in 6 in 6 in 5 in 6

M.V.P.

Taylor Hall

Nikita Kucherov

Victor Hedman

Tyler Johnson

Nikita Kucherov

Nikita Kucherov

Taylor Hall

Victor Hedman

Chris Kunitz

 

BOSTON vs. TORONTO

 

tfp panel

Bamford

Bernstein

Di Marco

Hoven

Hutcheon

Pagnotta

Spraker

Strehle

Ward

winner

in 7 in 6 in 6 in 7 in 6 in 6 in 7 in 7 in 7

M.V.P.

Patrice Bergeron

Frederik Andersen

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Brad Marchand

David Pastrnak

Frederik Andersen

Tuukka Rask

 

NASHVILLE vs. COLORADO

tfp panel

Bamford

Bernstein

Di Marco

Hoven

Hutcheon

Pagnotta

Spraker

Strehle

Ward

winner

in 5 in 4 in 5 in 4 in 5 in 5 in 4 in 6 in 4

M.V.P.

Pekka Rinne

P.K. Subban

Roman Josi

Pekka Rinne

Nathan MacKinnon

Filip Forsberg

Filip Forsberg

Pekka Rinne

Filip Forsberg

 

WINNIPEG vs. MINNESOTA

tfp panel

Bamford

Bernstein

Di Marco

Hoven

Hutcheon

Pagnotta

Spraker

Strehle

Ward

winner

in 4 in 5 in 4 in 5 in 4 in 5 in 5 in 6 in 5

M.V.P.

Patrik Laine

Patrik Laine

Blake Wheeler

Blake Wheeler

Blake Wheeler

Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor

Patrik Laine

Blake Wheeler

 

VEGAS vs. LOS ANGELES

tfp panel

Bamford

Bernstein

Di Marco

Hoven

Hutcheon

Pagnotta

Spraker

Strehle

Ward

winner

in 6 in 6 in 6 in 5 in 7 in 6 in 7 in 7 in 7

M.V.P.

Anze Kopitar

Jeff Carter

Anze Kopitar

Drew Doughty

Marc-Andre Fleury

Anze Kopitar

Jeff Carter

Anze Kopitar

James Neal

 

ANAHEIM vs. SAN JOSE

tfp panel

Bamford

Bernstein

Di Marco

Hoven

Hutcheon

Pagnotta

Spraker

Strehle

Ward

winner

in 7 in 7 in 7 in 6 in 7 in 6 in 7 in 7 in 7

M.V.P.

Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Getzlaf

Martin Jones

Rickard Rakell

Joe Pavelski

Martin Jones

Ryan Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf

Brent Burns

TFP Experts:

Tab Bamford - Columnist, Chicago
Dennis Bernstein - Sr. Writer
Anthony Di Marco - NHL Correspondent
John Hoven - Special Contributor from MayorsManor.com
Shawn Hutcheon - Boston Correspondent
David Pagnotta - Editor-in-Chief
Hannah Spraker - Columnist, Toronto
David Strehle - Columnist, Philadelphia
Aaron Ward - 3-time Stanley Cup Champion, NHL Broadcaster