NHL Network Radio’s 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions – Round One

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It’s the 12th Edition of the World Famous, Award Winning SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions.  Little kids grow up wanting to be part of this pool.  People hold parties waiting for the release of this list.

Last year, Peter Berce captured the crown for the second time.

Remember, this is not a bracket challenge.  We will submit new picks before each subsequent round.

For those fine folks playing along at home, here is the point system…46 points would constitute a perfect score.  Mike Lippa set the standard with 36 points back in 2016.  You could look it up.

  • 1 point for correctly choosing the winner of each 1st round series
  • 2 points for correctly choosing the winner of each 2nd round series
  • 2 points for correctly choosing the winner of each 3rd round series
  • 3 points for correctly choosing the 2016 Stanley Cup winner
  • 2 points for correctly choosing the 2016 Conn Smythe winner
  • 1 point for correctly choosing how long a series goes, but only if one also correctly picks that series’ winning team
  • 3 points for correctly choosing the 2016 Stanley Cup winner before the playoffs begin
  • 3 points for correctly choosing the 2016 Conn Smythe winner before the playoffs begin

PLAYOFF PICK CHAMPIONS OVER THE YEARS

2017 Champion – Peter Berce (2)
2016 Champion – Mike Lippa
2015 Champions – Peter Berce & Nick Alberga
2014 Champion – Joe Thistel (2)
2013 Champion – Bruce Bolton
2012 Champion – Mick Kern (4)
2011 Champion – Joe Thistel
2010 Champions – Scott Laughlin (2) & Shawn Lavigne

2009 Champions – Scott Laughlin & Mick Kern (3)
2008 Champion – Mick Kern (2)
2007 Champions – Mike Ross & Mick Kern

 

FINAL RESULTS FROM 2017:

PETER BERCE – 28 Points
JIM GORDON – 24 Points
BEN MINER – 24 Points
STEVE KOULEAS – 20 Points
GORD STELLICK – 19 Points
TERRY MERCURY – 19 Points
MICHELLE STURINO – 19 Points
JAKE HAHN –19 Points
BRUCE BOLTON – 19 Points
RYAN PATON – 19 Points
JONATHAN DAVIS – 19 Points
TYLER MADARASZ – 18 Points
JOE THISTEL – 17 Points
NICK ALBERGA – 17 Points
JESSE RALPH – 16 Points
JEFF DOMET – 15 Points
MICK KERN – 15 Points
MICHAEL LIPPA – 15 Points
SCOTT LAUGHLIN – 14 Points
BRETT INNIS – 10 Points
TODD LEWIS – 10 Points

Only Jim (Boomer) Gordon and Ben Miner correctly predicted the Penguins would win the 2017 Stanley Cup BEFORE the playoffs began.  And they both also said Sidney Crosby would win the 2017 Conn Smythe Trophy.

And now…your 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff Picks (and don’t forget, you can listen live right now to SiriusXM NHL Network Radio):

MICHAEL LIPPA
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 5
Los Angeles in 7
San Jose in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Tampa Bay Lightning
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Steven Stamkos

JIM GORDON
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 5
Tampa Bay in 7
Toronto in 7
Nashville in 4
Winnipeg in 5
Las Vegas in 7
San Jose in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Toronto Maple Leafs
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Auston Matthews

STEVE KOULEAS
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 7
Tampa Bay in 6
Toronto in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Los Angeles in 7
Anaheim in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Winnipeg Jets
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Mark Scheifele

SCOTT LAUGHLIN
Washington in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 5
Vegas in 7
Anaheim in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Nashville Predators
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Pekka Rinne

PETER BERCE
Columbus in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 7
Toronto in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 5
Vegas in 7
Anaheim in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Tampa Bay Lightning
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Victor Hedman

MICK KERN
Columbus in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 5
Vegas in 7
Anaheim in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Winnipeg Jets
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Patrick Laine – Winnipeg Jets

JEFF DOMET
Washington in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 7
Nashville in 6
Winnipeg in 6
Vegas in 7
Anaheim in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Boston Bruins
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Patrice Bergeron

RYAN PATON
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 7
Toronto in 7
Tampa Bay in 6
Nashville in 6
Winnipeg in 6
Los Angeles in 7
San Jose in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Nashville Predators
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Pekka Rinne – Nashville

BRUCE BOLTON
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 4
Vegas in 6
Anaheim in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Vegas Golden Knights
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Marc-Andre Fleury

JOE THISTEL
Washington in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Boston in 6
Tampa Bay in 6
Nashville in 5
Minnesota in 7
Los Angeles in 6
Anaheim in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Washington Capitals
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Alexander Ovechkin – Washington

MICHELLE STURINO
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 6
Nashville in 4
Winnipeg in 6
Los Angeles in 7
Anaheim in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION:
CONN SMYTHE WINNER:

NICK ALBERGA
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 5
Tampa Bay in 6
Toronto in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Los Angeles in 6
Anaheim in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Winnipeg Jets
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Mark Scheifele

TYLER MADARASZ
Washington in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 7
Toronto in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Los Angeles in 6
San Jose in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Los Angeles Kings
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Anze Kopitar

JAKE HAHN
Columbus in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 6
Toronto in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Vegas in 7
San Jose in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Nashville Predators
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Pekka Rinne

BRETT INNIS
Washington in 5
Philadelphia in 7
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Los Angeles in 7
San Jose in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Boston Bruins
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Patrice Bergeron

BEN MINER
Washington in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 5
Nashville in 4
Winnipeg in 5
Los Angeles in 6
San Jose in 7
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Boston Bruins
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Brad Marchand

TERRY MERCURY
Washington in 5
Pittsburgh in 7
Tampa Bay in 5
Toronto in 6
Nashville in 4
Winnipeg in 6
Vegas in 7
San Jose in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Nashville Predators
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Pekka Rinne

JESSE RALPH
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 7
Tampa Bay in 5
Toronto in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Vegas in 7
San Jose in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Tampa Bay Lightning
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Nikita Kucherov

JONATHAN DAVIS
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 7
Nashville in 4
Winnipeg in 5
Los Angeles in 6
Anaheim in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Winnipeg Jets
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Blake Wheeler

RUSS COHEN
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 5
Tampa Bay in 7
Boston in 7
Nashville in 4
Winnipeg in 7
Los Angeles in 7
Anaheim in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Anaheim Ducks
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Rickard Rakell

SHANE MALLOY
(using his EA NHL 18 simulation results – Shane is responsible for the player rankings on the video game)
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 7
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 7
Nashville in 4
Winnipeg in 5
Vegas in 6
San Jose in 6
STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: Winnipeg Jets
CONN SMYTHE WINNER: Patrick Laine

2007 CANADIAN QUARTER
Washington
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Boston
Colorado
Winnipeg
Los Angeles
San Jose

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