I like Tampa Bay and Colorado to make it to the SCF, then Tampa Bay over Colorado in 7 for the Cup. That should be one hell of a highly skilled, up and down series. One of these years, I'll pick Tampa, and be right. Tampa has a team that sputtered at the wrong time, and seeks to prove they aren't too soft for the style of play that changes a bit when the playoffs arrive. Patrick Maroon was a nice pickup for them, adding grit and toughness to an already loaded team in terms of skill, and of course, Vasilevskiy. In the case of Colorado, good young team with a great first line and solid additions with Kadri and Donskoi. Makar really proved how skilled and good he is capable of being in the playoffs last season.
PLAYOFF TEAMS IN THE EAST
Tampa, Toronto, Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, NY Islanders, WC New Jersey
PLAYOFF TEAMS IN THE WEST
Colorado, Calgary, St. Louis, San Jose, Vegas, Dallas, WC Chicago and Nashville