NHL 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS FROM THE BEST OF THE BEST

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Updated: April 11, 2017

By: Senior BSPT NHL Expert

Michael “The Magician” Nash (@BsptSportsPicks)

I can't believe the Playoffs are here! It has been already a year since my good friends at BSPT asked me to do this article and now here I am again. Perfect the the 1st round last year, it is time to give it my Best once again! I know this game inside and out and I am proud out of all the Hockey Experts out there BSPT wanted me.

So here are the keys to each series with 4 upsets in the first round:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Chicago vs WC 2. Nashville

Blackhawks tends to take their foot off the gas when they have the lead and Chicago's power play/penalty kill are average. Preds offense can score in all 3 periods, with the addition of PK Suban it gives the Preds a threat they have never had.

Blackhawks in 7 games

2. Minnesota vs 3. St Louis

Blues are a bigger and stronger team! Tarasenko will score 8 to 9 goals in this series. The Wild have fell off the deep end in the second part of the season.

Blues UPSET in 7 games

1. Anaheim vs WC 1. Calgary

Calgary is rolling 4 lines they are younger and faster and more poised. Ducks are in the penalty box 2 out of the 3 periods and cannot win a series that way.

Flames UPSET in 6 games

2. Edmonton vs 3. San Jose

Young guns vs. Old timers the kids prevail with speed. The Sharks are banged up, Brett Burns lost his mojo and they can not slow down Conner McDavid.

Oilers sweep 4 games

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Montreal vs WC 1. New York

Goalie's determine this series! Carey price probably the best goalie in the playoffs this year. Lundqvist is way off this year.

Canadiens in 5 games

2. Ottawa vs 3. Boston

Bruins squeaked into the playoffs this year and have been inconsistent all year. Ottawa plays a well structured game from start to finish.

Senators UPSET in 6 games

1. Washington vs WC 2. Toronto

Capitals offense scores at will, power play is even stronger. The reason I give it 6 games because Mike Babcock can play a hell of a chess game when it comes to match-ups .

Capitals in 6 games

2. Penguins vs 3. Columbus

Penguins with out Kris Letang is the series. By far the best and most underrated player in the entire NHL. To much to overcome here!

Blue Jackets UPSET in 7 games


See you next round fellas!

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