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Here are the early 2019 – 2020 NHL regular season projections and 2020 NHL playoff predictions.

In the Eastern Conference the New Jersey Devils will be back in the playoffs along with the Florida Panthers. The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets will not make the playoffs and take a step back. The New York Islanders just squeak in over the New York Rangers.

In the Western Conference, five teams will make the playoffs from the very tough Central Division. The 2020 NHL playoffs will again be without Connor McDavid as the Edmonton Oilers just barely miss the playoffs with the Dallas Stars taking the last Wild card spot.

Who will win the 2020 Stanley Cup? Scroll down to find out…

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

2019-2020 NHL Regular Season Predictions

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division

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

Atlantic Division

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

Western Conference

Central Division

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

Pacific Division

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

2020 NHL Playoff Predictions

2020 Eastern Conference Playoffs

Playoff Round 1

#1 seed Tampa Bay Lightning vs #8 seed New York Islanders Tampa wins (4-1)
#2 seed Pittsburgh Penguins vs #7 seed Florida Panthers Pittsburgh wins (4-2)
Metropolitan Division Match-up
#2 Washington Capitals vs #3 New Jersey Devils New Jersey wins (4-3)
Atlantic Division Match-up
#2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs #3 Boston Bruins Toronto wins (4-3)

Playoff Round 2

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils Pittsburgh wins (4-2)
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs Tampa wins (4-3)

Eastern Conference Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins Tampa wins (4-2)

2020 Western Conference Playoffs

Playoff Round 1

#1 seed Vegas Golden Knights vs #8 seed Dallas Stars Vegas wins (4-2)
#2 seed Colorado Avalanche vs #7 seed Nashville Predators Colorado wins (4-3)
Central Division Match-up
#2 Winnipeg Jets vs #3 St. Louis Blues Winnipeg wins (4-3)
Pacific Division Match-up
#2 Calgary Flames vs #3 San Jose Sharks Calgary wins (4-2)

Playoff Round 2

Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames Vegas wins (4-2)
Colorado Avalanche vs Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg wins (4-3)

Western Conference Finals

Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets Vegas wins (4-2)

2020 Stanley Cup Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights Tampa Wins (4-2)

The Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup!

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

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