Experts Panel: Stanley Cup Final Predictions

Ian Gooding

2020-09-19

After some doubt about whether it was ever going to happen, the 2019-20 Stanley Cup playoffs are almost complete. For either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Dallas Stars, life in the bubble for two months will all be worth it.

Tampa's win over the Islanders was expected, as 12 of 15 DobberHockey writers picked the Lightning to win. On the other hand, Dallas' win over Vegas should be considered a major upset, as NONE of the Dobber writers picked the Stars to win. These results place the panel's lifetime record at 105-66 when it comes to postseason predictions.

The coin toss matched both favorites from the Conference Finals, going 1-for-2 like many of the writers. 

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Stanley Cup Final matchup

Tampa Bay (2, 2) 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. Each member of the panel picks their series winner as well as their Conn Smythe winner below.

Dobber

Tampa Bay in 5

Victor Hedman

Ian Gooding

Tampa Bay in 6

Victor Hedman

Mike Clifford

Tampa Bay in 6

Victor Hedman

Cam Robinson

Tampa Bay in 6

Victor Hedman

Rick Roos

Tampa Bay in 5

Nikita Kucherov

Dave Hall

Tampa Bay in 6

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Alex MacLean

Tampa Bay in 6

Victor Hedman

Grant Campbell

Dallas in 6

Miro Heiskanen

Eric Daoust

Tampa Bay in 6

Victor Hedman

Chris Kane

Tampa Bay in 5

Brayden Point