NHL Pre-Season Stanley Cup Predictions

On the eve of the 2013 NHL season, the Hockey Fanatic is sharing our pre-season Stanley Cup predictions.  We have already stated how we think each conference will shape up and now we predict the order in which the teams will qualify for the NHL playoffs.  Remember the days of the 21 team league where the first overall team played the sixteenth place team, second played fifteenth, third played fourteenth and so on?  We loved that format, so we though we would identify how we think the NHL teams will finish the regular season from number one to number thirty.  The top sixteen teams makes the playoffs with the others becoming also-rans.

2013 NHL Regular Season Predictions

Finish Team
1 Pittsburgh Penguins
2 New York Rangers
3 Vancouver Canucks
4 St Louis Blues
5 Boston Bruins
6 Philadelphia Flyers
7 Los Angeles Kings
8 Chicago Blackhawks
9 Nashville Predators
10 Washington Capitals
11 San Jose Sharks
12 Ottawa Senators
13 Carolina Hurricanes
14 Detroit Red Wings
15 Tampa Bay Lightning
16 Minnesota Wild
Non-Playoff Teams
17 Edmonton Oilers
18 Phoenix Coyotes
19 Buffalo Sabres
20 New Jersey Devils
21 Winnipeg Jets
22 Anaheim Ducks
23 Colorado Avalanche
24 Montreal Canadiens
25 Florida Panthers
26 Dallas Stars
27 Calgary Flames
28 New York Islanders
29 Toronto Maple Leafs
30 Columbus Blue Jackets

So how will the 16 playoff team fare? Here are our pre-season Stanley Cup predictions.

Finish Team
1 New York Rangers
2 Vancouver Canucks
3 Pittsburgh Penguins
4 Los Angeles Kings
5 St Louis Blues
6 Boston Bruins
7 Philadelphia Flyers
8 Chicago Blackhawks
9 Nashville Predators
10 Ottawa Senators
11 Minnesota Wild
12 Washington Capitals
13 San Jose Sharks
14 Carolina Hurricanes
15 Detroit Red Wings
16 Tampa Bay Lightning

So it looks like a New York Rangers / Vancouver Canucks rematch from 1994 with the same outcome with the New York Rangers hoisting the Stanley Cup. Hmm not sure about the Canucks, it could be the Blues, Kings or Blackhawks from the West. From the East the Pittsburgh Penguins or Boston Bruins also have a shot. Let’s see how the shortened 48 game regular season pans out.