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Here are the early 2018 – 2019 NHL regular season projections and 2019 NHL playoff predictions.

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The New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche will take a step back and miss the playoffs this year. The Toronto Maple Leafs will battle the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top seed in the Atlantic Division. Pittsburgh and Washington will be the top contenders for the top seed in the Metropolitan Division. The St. Louis Blues have improved and will battle the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets for the top seed in the Central Division. The San Jose Sharks will be the top seed in the Pacific Division.

In the Eastern conference, the Carolina Hurricanes, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers will battle for the final wild card spot. In the Western conference the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks will battle for the final Wild Card spot.

Who will win the 2019 Stanley Cup? Scroll down to find out…

(WC) = Wild Card Teams (MP) = Missed Playoffs

2018-2019 NHL Regular Season Predictions

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division

1. Pittsburgh Penguins
2. Washington Capitals
3. Columbus Blue Jackets
4. Philadelphia Flyers (WC)
5. New Jersey Devils (MP)
6. Carolina Hurricanes (MP)
7. New York Rangers (MP)
8. New York Islanders (MP)

Atlantic Division

1. Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Boston Bruins
4. Florida Panthers (WC)
5. Buffalo Sabres (MP)
6. Montreal Canadiens (MP)
7. Detroit Red Wings (MP)
8. Ottawa Senators (MP)

Western Conference

Central Division

1. Winnipeg Jets
2. Nashville Predators
3. St. Louis Blues
4. Chicago Blackhawks(WC)
5. Dallas Stars(MP)
6. Colorado Avalanche(MP)
7. Minnesota Wild(MP)

Pacific Division

1. San Jose Sharks
2. Calgary Flames
3. LA Kings
4. Vegas Golden Knights(WC)
5. Anaheim Ducks (MP)
6. Edmonton Oilers (MP)
7. Arizona Coyotes (MP)
8. Vancouver Canucks(MP)

2019 NHL Playoff Predictions

2019 Eastern Conference Playoffs

Playoff Round 1

#1 seed Toronto Maple Leafs vs #8 seed Florida Panthers Toronto wins (4-1)
#2 seed Pittsburgh Penguins vs #7 seed Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh wins (4-2)
Division Match-up #2 Washington Capitals vs #3 Columbus Blue Jackets Washington wins (4-3)
Division Match-up #2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs #3 Boston Bruins Tampa wins (4-1)

Playoff Round 2

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals Pittsburgh wins (4-3)
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto wins (4-3)

Eastern Conference Finals

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto wins (4-2)


2019 Western Conference Playoffs

Playoff Round 1

#1 seed Winnipeg Jets vs #8 seed Chicago Blackhawks Winnipeg wins (4-1)
#2 seed San Jose Sharks vs #7 seed Vegas Golden Knights San Jose wins (4-2)
Division Match-up #2 Nashville Predators vs #3 St. Louis Blues Nashville wins (4-3)
Division Match-up #2 Calgary Flames vs #3 LA Kings Calgary wins (4-2)

Playoff Round 2

Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators Winnipeg wins (4-3)
San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames San Jose wins (4-2)

Western Conference Finals

Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks Winnipeg wins (4-2)

2019 Stanley Cup Finals

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets Toronto Wins (4-3)

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally win the Stanley Cup!

Remember these are only predictions and a lot can change with injuries, team chemistry (Ottawa Senators) and other issues.

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  1. As an Islander fan I love your predictions. LOL. Also Toronto is not that good defensively. It will be tough for them to beat Boston.

  2. Hmmm? To be honest id say Columbus misses the playoffs and New Jersey, Buffalo are the Wild card playoff spots teams and also Colorado makes it instead of Chicago


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