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The 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Wednesday, April 10th [Round 1 schedule], and as we do every year, The Fourth Period’s panel of experts – this time joined by three special contributors – weigh in with their Round 1 Predictions and Series MVPs.

Eastern Conference Predictions

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(WC2) Columbus Blue Jackets
vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (A1)

TFP Panel

Series Winner

Series MVP

Alberga

in 4 Brayden Point

Bamford

in 4 Victor Hedman

Bernstein

in 4 Nikita Kucherov

Di Marco

in 7 Andrei Vasilevskiy

Hoven

in 5 Tyler Johnson

Hutcheon

in 6 Andrei Vasilevskiy

Pagnotta

in 6 Brayden Point

Spraker

in 5 Nikita Kucherov

Ward

in 6 Andrei Vasilevskiy

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Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)
vs. Boston Bruins (A2)

TFP Panel

Series Winner

Series MVP

Alberga

in 7 John Tavares

Bamford

in 6 Brad Marchand

Bernstein

in 5 Brad Marchand

Di Marco

in 5 Patrice Bergeron

Hoven

in 6 Charlie Coyle

Hutcheon

in 6 David Pastrnak

Pagnotta

in 5 Jake DeBrusk

Spraker

in 6 David Pastrnak

Ward

in 6 Jake DeBrusk

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Carolina Hurricanes (WC1)
vs. Washington Capitals (M1)

TFP Panel

Series Winner

Series MVP

Alberga

in 5 Nicklas Backstrom

Bamford

in 6 Teuvo Teravainen

Bernstein

in 5 Evgeny Kuznetsov

Di Marco

in 5 Alex Ovechkin

Hoven

in 5 Carl Hagelin

Hutcheon

in 5 Alex Ovechkin

Pagnotta

in 6 Tom Wilson

Spraker

in 7 Evgeny Kuznetsov

Ward

in 7 Evgeny Kuznetsov

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Pittsburgh Penguins (M3)
vs. New York Islanders (M2)

TFP Panel

Series Winner

Series MVP

Alberga

in 7 Sidney Crosby

Bamford

in 5 Robin Lehner

Bernstein

in 6 Sidney Crosby

Di Marco

in 5 Sidney Crosby

Hoven

in 7 Anders Lee

Hutcheon

in 6 Sidney Crosby

Pagnotta

in 7 Brock Nelson

Spraker

in 7 Matt Murray

Ward

in 6 Phil Kessel

Western Conference Predictions

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Colorado Avalanche (WC2)
vs. Calgary Flames (P1)

TFP Panel

Series Winner

Series MVP

Alberga

in 5 Johnny Gaudreau

Bamford

in 6 Mark Giordano

Bernstein

in 5 Johnny Gaudreau

Di Marco

in 7 Johnny Gaudreau

Hoven

in 6 Johnny Gaudreau

Hutcheon

in 5 Johnny Gaudreau

Pagnotta

in 6 Sean Monahan

Spraker

in 6 Sean Monahan

Ward

in 5 Sean Monahan

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Vegas Golden Knights (P3)
vs. San Jose Sharks (P2)

TFP Panel

Series Winner

Series MVP

Alberga

in 6 Jonathan Marchessault

Bamford

in 6 Brent Burns

Bernstein

in 6 Marc-Andre Fleury

Di Marco

in 7 Brent Burns

Hoven

in 7 Marc-Andre Fleury

Hutcheon

in 7 Marc-Andre Fleury

Pagnotta

in 6 Marc-Andre Fleury

Spraker

in 6 Martin Jones

Ward

in 7 Joe Pavelski

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Dallas Stars (WC2)
vs. Nashville Predators (C1)

TFP Panel

Series Winner

Series MVP

Alberga

in 6 Alexander Radulov

Bamford

in 6 Viktor Arvidsson

Bernstein

in 7 Filip Forsberg

Di Marco

in 6 Pekka Rinne

Hoven

in 7 Tyler Pitlick

Hutcheon

in 7 Tyler Seguin

Pagnotta

in 7 Pekka Rinne

Spraker

in 6 Roman Josi

Ward

in 7 Austin Watson

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St. Louis Blues (C3)
vs. Winnipeg Jets (C2)

TFP Panel

Series Winner

Series MVP

Alberga

in 7 Patrik Laine

Bamford

in 6 Blake Wheeler

Bernstein

in 6 Ryan O'Reilly

Di Marco

in 7 Alex Pietrangelo

Hoven

in 6 Kyle Connor

Hutcheon

in 6 Ryan O'Reilly

Pagnotta

in 7 Dustin Byfuglien

Spraker

in 7 Mark Scheifele

Ward

in 7 Connor Hellebuyck

TFP Experts:

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