2019 NHL Playoff Predictions: Consensus Picks
What say the experts?
Additionally, who will win their respective conferences and the Stanley Cup in 2019?
One thing you will see right away is that the Eastern Conference consensus is much more firm. Out West, not so much. Entering the 2019 NHL postseason, the Tampa Bay Lightning are by far the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Having over 20 more points than the two next-best teams, it’s their Cup to lose — so will they?
We could give you our predictions, but that would only give one opinion. Today, we rounded up dozens. Cited below are the websites offering their own 2019 NHL playoff predictions, the details of which are contained at the links. (Please, as always, use discretion visiting outside links.) We totaled up the ballots and will tell you what the expert consensus is for the first round of the playoffs, the conference champions, and the 2019 Stanley Cup winner.
Sources for Predictions
2019 NHL playoff predictions have come from the following sources:
- The Bracket Yard
- NBC Sports Bay Area
- NHL Trade Rumors
- The Washington Post (1st round only)
- CBS Sports (conference champs and Cup only)
- USA Today (conference champs and Cup only)
2019 NHL Playoff Predictions: First Round Consensus Picks
Washington vs. Carolina
New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay vs. Columbus
Boston vs. Toronto
Calgary vs. Colorado
San Jose vs. Vegas
Winnipeg vs. St. Louis
Nashville vs. Dallas
Tampa Bay and Calgary are the only teams unanimously predicted to win their opening series. The Winnipeg-St. Louis series is the most divided among experts.
2019 NHL Playoff Predictions: Conference Champion Consensus Picks
The Western Conference is apparently wide open, with no team taking more than a meager plurality of the vote. It would therefore be difficult to call any of these teams the favorite. Out of eight Western Conference playoff teams, six got votes to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Tampa Bay enters the playoffs as the clear favorite to win the Eastern Conference as the choice of 21 out of 30 included in this aggregation.
2019 NHL Playoff Predictions: 2019 Stanley Cup Consensus Picks
A commanding majority believe the Tampa Bay Lightning will win the Stanley Cup in 2019. The second-most likely team to win are the Boston Bruins, followed in a three-way tie by Toronto, Calgary, and Nashville. No other teams received a vote.
The Bracket Yard’s Selections
First-Round Winners: Tampa Bay, Boston, NY Islanders, Washington, Calgary, San Jose, Winnipeg, Nashville
Conference Champions: Tampa Bay and Calgary
Cup Champion: Tampa Bay