Experts Panel: Conference Final Predictions

Ian Gooding

2020-09-05

In just over a month, 20 teams have been eliminated from the return to play, with just four teams left in the chase for Lord Stanley's mug. There aren't as many predictions to make going forward, but we are back to make them anyway.

Updating the conference semifinal results, the panel majority chose three of the four second-round series correctly. The panel correctly chose Tampa Bay, the NY Islanders, and Vegas. However, the panel majority missed out on Dallas for the second consecutive round. These results place the panel's lifetime record at 104-65 when it comes to postseason predictions.

Multiple writers individually chose three of the four series correctly. However, no writers picked all four series correctly, mainly because of the result of the Dallas/Colorado series. Games picks writer Flip Livingstone was the only writer to pick Dallas over Colorado, and he also did so in the correct number of games (7). This is the kind of counterintuitive, against-the-odds thinking that can pay off.

The coin toss picked two of the four series correctly.

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Experts Panel: Western Conference Play-In Picks

Experts Panel: Eastern Conference Play-In Picks

With the Western Conference Final beginning just a day after the Philadelphia/NY Islanders series finale, the panel didn't have much time to make its playoff picks for the conference finals. Regardless, the Dobber writers have submitted their picks for you just in time.

Eastern Conference matchup

Tampa Bay (2, 2) vs. NY Islanders (7, 6)

Western Conference matchup

Vegas (3, 1) vs. Dallas (4, 3)

For matchups, the first number shows the rank before the play-in tournament, while the second number shows re-seeding rank after the play-in tournament.

Dobber

NY Islanders in 6

Vegas in 6

 

Ian Gooding

Tampa Bay in 7

Vegas in 6

 

Mike Clifford

Tampa Bay in 7

Vegas in 5

 

Cam Robinson

Tampa Bay in 5

Vegas in 6

 

Rick Roos

Tampa Bay in 6

Vegas in 5

 

Dave Hall

Tampa Bay in 6

Vega