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Predictions: Postmedia writers weigh in on NHL playoffs

POSTMEDIA NETWORK

The NHL playoffs are here.

And so are our predictions.

Here's post-season predictions from 19 Postmedia hockey writers.


LANCE HORNBY (Toronto Sun)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 7
  • Capitals in 6
  • Bruins in 5
  • Penguins in 7
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Wild in 6
  • Ducks in 6
  • Oilers in 7

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Oilers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Blackhawks

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Artturi Lehkonen, LW, Canadiens

CONN SMYTHE

  • Duncan Keith, D, Blackhawks

WES GILBERTSON (Postmedia - Calgary)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 6
  • Senators in 7
  • Capitals in 5
  • Penguins in 5
  • Predators in 7
  • Blues in 6
  • Ducks in 6
  • Oilers in 5

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Ducks over Predators
  • Penguins over Canadiens

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Penguins

UNLIKELY HERO

  • John Gibson, G, Ducks

CONN SMYTHE

  • Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins

STEVE SIMMONS (Toronto Sun)

FIRST ROUND

  • Capitals in 5
  • Canadiens in 6
  • Bruins in 7
  • Blue Jackets in 7
  • Blackhawks in 5
  • Ducks in 5
  • Oilers in 6
  • Blues in 7

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Oilers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Blackhawks

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Ryan Hartman, LW, Blackhawks

CONN SMYTHE

  • Duncan Keith, D, Blackhawks

BRUCE GARRIOCH (Postmedia - Ottawa)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 6
  • Senators in 6
  • Jackets in 6
  • Capitals in 5
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Wild in 6
  • Ducks in 5
  • Oilers in 7

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Ducks

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Blackhawks

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Brian Campbell, D, Chicago

CONN SMYTHE

  • Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago

MIKE ZEISBERGER (Toronto Sun)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 6
  • Capitals in 6
  • Senators in 7
  • Penguins in 6
  • Oilers in 6
  • Ducks in 5
  • Hawks in 6
  • Blues in f5

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Oilers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Justin Williams, RW, Capitals

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

MICHAEL TRAIKOS (Postmedia)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 7
  • Penguins in 6
  • Capitals in 4
  • Bruins in 7
  • Blackhawks in 5
  • Blues in 6
  • Oilers in 6
  • Ducks in 4

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Canadiens over Capitals
  • Blackhawks over Oilers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Blackhawks

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Jordan Eberle, RW, Oilers

CONN SMYTHE

  • Jonathan Toews, C, Blackhawks

STU COWAN (Montreal Gazette)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 6
  • Bruins in 7
  • Capitals in 5
  • Penguins in 6
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Wild in 7
  • Ducks in 7
  • Oilers in 6

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Penguins over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Ducks

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Penguins

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Artturi Lehkonen, RW, Canadiens

CONN SMYTHE

  • Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins

DAN BARNES (Postmedia - Edmonton)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 6
  • Bruins in 7
  • Penguins in 6
  • .Capitals in 5
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Wild in 7
  • Ducks in 5
  • Oilers in 7

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Ducks

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Justin Williams, W, Capitals

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI (Postmedia - Edmonton)

FIRST ROUND

  • Bruins in 6
  • Penguins in 7
  • Oilers in 6
  • Rangers in 5
  • Wild in 6
  • Ducks in 5
  • Hawks in 6
  • Capitals in 5

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Ducks over Blackhawks
  • Capitals over Penguins

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Lars Eller, C, Capitals

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

TERRY KOSHAN (Toronto Sun)

FIRST ROUND

  • Capitals in 6
  • Rangers in 6
  • Penguins in 6
  • Senators in 7
  • Blackhawks in 5
  • Blues in 6
  • Oilers in 7
  • Ducks in 6

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Rangers
  • Blackhawks over Ducks

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Richard Panik, F, Blackhawks

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

ED WILLES (Postmedia - Vancouver)

FIRST ROUND

  • Capitals in 5
  • Rangers in 6
  • Bruins in 7
  • Penguins in 7
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Ducks in 7
  • Blues in 6
  • Sharks in 7

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitlas over Rangers
  • Blackhawks over Ducks

STANLEY CUP CHAMPS

  • Blackhawks

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Artem Anisimov, C, Blackhawks

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

KEN WIEBE (Winnipeg Sun)

FIRST ROUND

  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Wild in 7
  • Ducks in 6
  • Sharks in 7
  • Rangers in 6
  • Bruins in 7
  • Capitals in 4
  • Penguins in 6

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Rangers
  • Blackhawks over Ducks

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Karl Alzner, D, Capitals

CONN SMYTHE

  • Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals

DON BRENNAN (Postmedia - Ottawa)

FIRST ROUND

  • Rangers in 7
  • Bruins in 6
  • Capitals in 5
  • Penguins in 7
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Blues in 6
  • Ducks in 6
  • Oilers in 7

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Rangers
  • Blackhawks over Oilers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Tom Wilson, RW, Capitals

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

TERRY JONES (Postmedia - Edmonton)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 7
  • Bruins in 5
  • Capitals in 4
  • Penguins in 5
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Wild in 7
  • Ducks in 6
  • Oilers in 5

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Oilers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • T.J. Holtby, RW, Capitals

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

KEN WARREN (Postmedia - Ottawa)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 7
  • Senators in 6
  • Capitals in 6
  • Penguins in 6
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Blues in 7
  • Ducks in 7
  • Oilers in 6

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Oilers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Brendan Gallagher, RW, Canadiens

CONN SMYTHE

  • Nicklas Backstrom, C, Capitals

JIM MATHESON (Postmedia - Edmonton)

FIRST ROUND

  • Capitals in 4
  • Penguins in 6
  • Rangers in 7
  • Bruins in 7
  • Hawks in 5
  • Blues in 7
  • Ducks in 5
  • Oilers in 6

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Capitals over Penguins
  • Blackhawks over Oilers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Patrick Eaves, RW, Ducks

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

TED WYMAN (Winnipeg Sun)

FIRST ROUND

  • Capitals in 5
  • Bruins in 7
  • Canadiens in 7
  • Penguins in 7
  • Ducks in 6
  • Oilers in 6
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Blues in 7

CONFERENCE FINAL

  • Capitals over Canadiens
  • Blackhawks over Ducks

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Alexander Radulov, RW, Canadiens

CONN SMYTHE

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

KRISTEN ODLAND (Postmedia - Calgary)

FIRST ROUND

  • Canadiens in 5
  • Bruins in 7
  • Capitals in 5
  • Blue Jackets in 6
  • Blackhawks in 6
  • Wild in 7
  • Ducks in 6
  • Oilers in 5

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Blackhawks over Oilers
  • Capitals over Canadiens

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Capitals

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

CONN SMYTHE

  • Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals

JOHN MATISZ (Postmedia)

FIRST ROUND

  • Rangers in 6
  • Senators in 7
  • Capitals in 5
  • Penguins in 6
  • Blackhawks in 7
  • Wild in 6
  • Ducks in 6
  • Oilers in 6

CONFERENCE FINALS

  • Blackhawks over Ducks
  • Capitals over Rangers

STANLEY CUP CHAMP

  • Blackhawks

UNLIKELY HERO

  • Marcus Kruger, C, Blackhawks

CONN SMYTHE

  • Artemi Panarin, LW, Blackhawks