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NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions: DBTB Staff

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Die By The Blade staffers make their predictions

Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Happy Stanley Cup Playoffs day to all. While the Buffalo Sabres aren’t in this year’s postseason action, there’s still plenty of hockey to watch, and it all begins tonight.

Five of the playoff series open Wednesday night, with the other three kicking off on Thursday. Most games are televised nationally in both the United States and Canada.

A full schedule can be found here.

Here’s a quick look at the first-round series ahead, and how Die By The Blade staff members think each series is going to go - plus a vote for the readers! (Each reader poll ends at the start of game one in that respective series.)

Round 1 Playoff Predictions
Staff predictions

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

Chad: Tampa Bay
Calvin: Tampa Bay
Ryan: Tampa Bay
Melissa: Tampa Bay
Anthony: Tampa Bay
Steve: Tampa Bay
Ben: Tampa Bay
Jason: Tampa Bay
Max: Tampa Bay
Lee: Tampa Bay
Zach: Tampa Bay

Reader vote:

Poll

Who wins this first-round series?

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Tampa Bay Lightning
    (118 votes)
  • 8%
    Columbus Blue Jackets
    (11 votes)
129 votes total Vote Now

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

Chad: Toronto
Calvin: Boston
Ryan: Boston
Melissa: Toronto
Anthony: Boston
Steve: Toronto
Ben: Boston
Jason: Boston
Max: Boston
Lee: Toronto
Zach: Boston

Poll

Who wins this first-round series?

This poll is closed

  • 73%
    Boston Bruins
    (134 votes)
  • 26%
    Toronto Maple Leafs
    (49 votes)
183 votes total Vote Now

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

Chad: Carolina
Calvin: Washington
Ryan: Washington
Melissa: Carolina
Anthony: Washington
Steve: Washington
Ben: Carolina
Jason: Carolina
Max: Washington
Lee: Carolina
Zach: Washington

Poll

Who wins this first-round series?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Washington Capitals
    (171 votes)
  • 11%
    Carolina Hurricanes
    (23 votes)
194 votes total Vote Now

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

Chad: Pittsburgh
Calvin: Pittsburgh
Ryan: New York
Melissa: Pittsburgh
Anthony: Pittsburgh
Steve: New York
Ben: Pittsburgh
Jason: Pittsburgh
Max: Pittsburgh
Lee: Pittsburgh
Zach: Pittsburgh

Poll

Who wins this first-round series?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    New York Islanders
    (60 votes)
  • 52%
    Pittsburgh Penguins
    (67 votes)
127 votes total Vote Now

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

Chad: Nashville
Calvin: Nashville
Ryan: Nashville
Melissa: Nashville
Anthony: Nashville
Steve: Nashville
Ben: Nashville
Jason: Nashville
Max: Nashville
Lee: Nashville
Zach: Nashville

Poll

Who wins this first-round series?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Nashville Predators
    (110 votes)
  • 17%
    Dallas Stars
    (24 votes)
134 votes total Vote Now

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

Chad: St. Louis
Calvin: Winnipeg
Ryan: Winnipeg
Melissa: St. Louis
Anthony: St. Louis
Steve: St. Louis
Ben: St. Louis
Jason: St. Louis
Max: Winnipeg
Lee: St. Louis
Zach: Winnipeg

Poll

Who wins this first-round series?

This poll is closed

  • 61%
    Winnipeg Jets
    (82 votes)
  • 38%
    St. Louis Blues
    (52 votes)
134 votes total Vote Now

Calgary Flames (P1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC1)

Chad: Calgary
Calvin: Calgary
Ryan: Calgary
Melissa: Calgary
Anthony: Calgary
Steve: Calgary
Ben: Calgary
Jason: Calgary
Max: Calgary
Lee: Calgary
Zach: Calgary

Poll

Who wins this first-round series?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Calgary Flames
    (146 votes)
  • 14%
    Colorado Avalanche
    (24 votes)
170 votes total Vote Now

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

Chad: Vegas
Calvin: San Jose
Ryan: Vegas
Melissa: Vegas
Anthony: Vegas
Steve: San Jose
Ben: Vegas
Jason: San Jose
Max: Vegas
Lee: Vegas
Zach: Vegas

Poll

Who wins this first-round series?

This poll is closed

  • 48%
    San Jose Sharks
    (69 votes)
  • 51%
    Vegas Golden Knights
    (72 votes)
141 votes total Vote Now

What are your predictions? Let’s hear ‘em!