Playoffs in the NHL: Advantage of the Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche are the most popular team to win the Stanley Cup.

At least that’s the opinion of the majority of our experts who were called in to answer our questionnaire in anticipation of the NHL playoffs beginning tonight.

Nine out of 15 participants predict that the team led by Jared Bednar will win the precious trophy for the third time in its history after 1996 and 2001.

Six of those selected forward Nathan MacKinnon as recipients of the Conn-Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Although the Florida Panthers ended the regular season in first place on the regular ladder, just ahead of the Avalanche, only three of our players expect to earn top honors.

Seven of our analysts predict the two Bettman Circuit powerhouses will go head-to-head in the Grand Finals.

Poor… Maple Leafs!

Only one of our contestants, Michel Bergeron, expects the Tampa Lightning to win their third straight Stanley Cup.

A feat not matched since the 1981-1982 New York Islanders. This team would also add another the following season.

The former Quebec Nordiques and New York Rangers head coach is also among 11 pundits predicting another early exit from the Toronto Maple Leafs, though he says the winner of that series against the Lightning won’t be known until the end of the crucial seventh game will be game.

“Basically to explain to Bergeron in an interview with protocolI want the Maple Leafs to surprise and also the Edmonton Oilers.

“For the sole reason that we would finally stop saying their star players like Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid can’t win. »

The Toronto side, eliminated by the Canadian in seven games last year, still haven’t won a playoff series since 2004. The last Stanley Cup win dates back to… 1967.

“If the Maple Leafs fail again, I expect a big houseclean within management,” Bergeron said. President Brendan Shanahan, general manager Kyle Dubas and head coach Sheldon Keefe will all be going through the wringer. »

Finally, there are two, Patrick Lalime, an analyst at TVA Sports, and Louis Butcher, a journalist at protocol from Montrealwatching the Calgary Flames go all the way.

As a reminder, the Canadian is the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup in 1993.

Michael Bergeron

  • Columnist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 5th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Carolina in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 4th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 5th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 6th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 6th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Tampa Bay v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Tampa Bay

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Andrei Vasilyevsky

Jonathan Bernier

  • Journalist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 6th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Boston in the 7th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 7th

Western association

  • Edmonton vs LA: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmonton in the 7th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: New York vs Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Nathan MacKinnon

Mathieu Boulay

  • Journalist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Washington in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 5th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Carolina in the 7th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmonton in the 7th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 6th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Tampa Bay v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Nathan MacKinnon

Ludwig Metzger

  • Journalist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Toronto in the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Carolina in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmonton in the 7th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 6th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Florida v. Calgary

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Calgary

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Jacob Markstrom

Stephane Cadorette

  • Journalist, The Journal of Quebec

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 7th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Carolina in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 6th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 5th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Tampa Bay v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Nathan MacKinnon

J.-Francois Chaumont

  • Journalist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 5th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Toronto in the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Carolina in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 6th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 6th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Florida v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup Winners: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Nathan MacKinnon

Marc de Foy

  • Columnist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Boston in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh in the 7th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 6th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmonton in the 7th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Tampa Bay v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Stop Makar

Kevin Dube

  • Journalist, The Journal of Quebec

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Boston in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh in the 7th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 6th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 4th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Florida v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Florida

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Alexander Barkov

Luca Grenier

  • sports director, The Journal of Quebec

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 6th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Boston in the 7th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmonton in the 7th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 4th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Tampa Bay v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Nathan MacKinnon

Jean Charles Lajoie

  • Columnist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida vs. Washington: Florida in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 5th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Boston in the 7th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 7th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 6th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Florida v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Stop Makar

Patrick Lalime

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Toronto in the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Boston in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 7th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 6th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Saint Louis in the 7th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Boston v. Calgary

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Calgary

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Jacob Markstrom

Yvon Pednault

  • Columnist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 5th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 6th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Carolina in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 7th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 6th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 5th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 6th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Florida v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Florida

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Alexander Barkov

Dennis Poissant

  • sports director, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 6th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Boston in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh in the 7th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 6th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 6th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Florida v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Nazem Kadri

Francois David Rouleau

  • Journalist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 5th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay on the 7th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Carolina in the 6th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 5th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 6th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 5th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 6th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Florida v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Colorado

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Nathan MacKinnon

Rejean Tremblay

  • Columnist, The Journal of Montreal

Eastern Club

  • Florida v. Washington: Florida in the 7th
  • toronto v Tampa Bay: Toronto in the 6th
  • Caroline v. Boston: Carolina in the 7th
  • New York vs Pittsburgh: New York in the 6th

Western association

  • Calgary v. Dallas: Calgary in the 6th
  • Edmonton vs LA: Edmont on the 6th
  • colorado v Nashville: Colorado in the 7th
  • st louis v Minnesota: Minnesota in the 6th

◆ Stanley Cup Finalist Teams: Florida v. Colorado

◆ Stanley Cup winning team: Florida

◆ Conn Smythe Trophy Recipients: Jonathan Huberdeau

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