Bold Predictions for the 2019 NHL Postseason

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 5, 2019 in

It would be easy to simply pick the Tampa Bay Lightning and move on to the Western Conference, but I am not so sure that would be a good idea. Yes, the Lightning have been far and away the most impressive team in the league this season, but things tend to change dramatically once the playoffs roll around. This team has all the NHL Odds and tools required to win a championship, but they also have history working against them, with only 8 teams ever winning the President’s Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same season. I do think they will make it to the Eastern Conference Final, but I think they will fall to the Boston Bruins during the NHL Postseason.

Bold Predictions for the 2019 NHL Postseason

Flames to Win West

Again, we have a rather clear favorite showing up here, with the Calgary Flames in as the bookies pick to win the West. This is a team that spreads the scoring very nicely, which means that they won’t be relying on one or two guys to carry the team. There are some question marks in net, but the Flames score enough to overcome those deficiencies.

I think that the Nashville Predators might well be the team that emerges to challenge the Flames in the West, but at the end of the day, Calgary has the firepower to take out any team they face, even the Boston Bruins once they get there. I wouldn’t call it particularly bold, given their presence as the Western Conference favorites, but I’ll take the Calgary Flames to not only win the West, but also the Stanley Cup.

Fun During the NHL Postseason

In a showdown series between the Bruins and Flames, I personally, will be glued to the set. These two teams split their regular season series in a pair of high-scoring games. It was the home team that came out on top each time, which is an important factor here, I believe. The Flames would have, courtesy of their better regular season record, home ice advantage in the Final, which might be enough to take them over the top versus the Bruins.

That said, it is Johnny Gaudreau that makes the team in Calgary tick. He still has a shot at hitting 100 points this season and I think he will carry that over into the playoffs, earning himself the MVP in the process. The easy pick would be to assume the goaltender from the winning team wins the award, but I think Gaudreau has been clutch for his team and he is the single biggest reason they are where they are, and likely, if the rest of my predictions come to fruition, he will be the biggest reason they win it all. I like him to be rewarded for that.

Of course, I could get every one of these predictions wrong, and honestly, that’s the fun in it all, but I really think that Tampa Bay hasn’t been challenged enough during the regular season to flip the switch and maintain their competitive spirit when things tighten up in the playoffs. Calgary has shown some real grit and some real grind throughout and I just have a feeling they won’t fizzle out.