DobberHockey Experts Panel – NHL Playoffs 2018

by Mario Prata on April 10, 2018
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Hey folks, we're back for another year of calling the winners for each round of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. Each year, the members of the DobberHockey Panel (made up of DH writers) have their ups and downs with making calls on each series. As a group, though, the Panel’s consensus picks are pretty good. After eight years of doing this, the Panel’s record is 81-38.

In today's Round 1 installment: On top of the predicted winners for the initial round of play, our Panel went a little beyond with early prognostications on the Stanley Cup Final matchup, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, the postseason's Top 5 scorers, and, of course, this year's Cup champion.

Here are the Round 1 matchups:

Eastern Conference
Tampa Bay Lightning (A1) vs New Jersey Devils (WC2)
Boston Bruins (A2) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)
Washington Capitals (M1) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (WC1)
Pittsburgh Penguins * (M2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (M3)

Western Conference
Nashville Predators (C1) vs Colorado Avalancxhe (WC2)
Winnipeg Jets (C2) vs Minnesota Wild (C3)
Vegas Golden Knights (P1) vs Los Angeles Kings (WC1)
Anaheim Ducks (P2) vs San Jose Sharks (P3)

* Defending Stanley Cup champion
 

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As for the panel's picks: Let's just say that the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins garnered only two votes to three-peat. The Predators won the popular vote with six in total, which would make it the franchise's first-ever Cup. The Jets, Canada's great white hope with a few mentions, the Bruins and the Lightning are also in the mix for Lord Stanley's shiny mug. The spectacular Golden Knights didn't receive any Cup-winning votes but did receive a nod as a Cup Finalist. Individually, Preds' Pekka Rinne looks to bring home the Conn Smythe Tropy, while Bruins' Brad Marchand aims for the postseason's version of the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer.

 

Dobber
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 6
Toronto in 7
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Vegas in 7
San Jose in 6
Final: Winnipeg-Pittsburgh
Stanley Cup: Winnipeg
Smythe: Connor Hellebuyck
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Evgeni Malkin
2. Sidney Crosby
3. Mark Scheifele
4. Blake Wheeler
5. Patrik Laine
Steve Laidlaw
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 6
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 4
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 7
Los Angeles in 6
Anaheim in 6
Final: Nashville-Boston
Stanley Cup: Boston
Smythe: Patrice Bergeron
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Brad Marchand
2. Patrice Bergeron
3. Evgeni Malkin
4. PK Subban
5. David Pastrnak
Ian Gooding
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 7
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 6
Winnipeg in 7
Los Angeles in 7
San Jose in 7
Final: Nashville-Tampa Bay
Stanley Cup: Tampa Bay
Smythe: Steven Stamkos
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Nikita Kucherov
2. Steven Stamkos
3. Filip Forsberg
4. Brayden Point
5. Viktor Arvidsson
Michael Clifford
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 6
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 5
Vegas in 6
San Jose in 6
Final: Winnipeg-Boston
Stanley Cup: Winnipeg
Smythe: Mark Scheifele
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Brad Marchand
2. Mark Scheifele
3. Patrice Bergeron
4. Blake Wheeler
5. David Pastrnak
Mario Prata
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 7
Boston in 7
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 6
Winnipeg in 7
Los Angeles in 6
San Jose in 7
Final: Nashville-Boston
Stanley Cup: Boston
Smythe: Patrice Bergeron
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Patrice Bergeron
2. David Pastrnak
3. Filip Forsberg
4. Brad Marchand
5. Roman Josi
Cam Robinson
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 7
Washington in 6
Pittsburgh in 5
Nashville in 6
Winnipeg in 5
Los Angeles in 6
San Jose in 7
Final: Nashville-Boston
Stanley Cup: Nashville
Smythe: Pekka Rinne
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Brad Marchand
2. Filip Forsberg
3. Patrice Bergeron
4. Evgeni Malkin
5. Nikita Kucherov
Eric Daoust
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 6
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 5
Nashville in 6
Winnipeg in 4
Los Angeles in 6
Anaheim in 5
Final: Nashville-Boston
Stanley Cup: Nashville
Smythe: Pekka Rinne
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Brad Marchand
2. Ryan Johansen
3. Filip Forsberg
4. Anze Kopitar
5. PK Subban
Tom Collins
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 6
Washington in 6
Philadelphia in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 4
Los Angeles in 6
San Jose in 6
Final: Nashville-Boston
Stanley Cup: Nashville
Smythe: Pekka Rinne
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Brad Marchand
2. Patrice Bergeron
3. Ryan Johansen
4. David Pastrnak
5. Claude Giroux
Adam Daly-Frey
Round 1:
New Jersey in 6
Boston in 7
Columbus in 7
Philadelphia in 5
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 4
Vegas in 7
Anaheim in 6
Final: Vegas-Boston
Stanley Cup: Boston
Smythe: Brad Marchand
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Brad Marchand
2. Patrice Bergeron
3. William Karlsson
4. David Pastrnak
5. Claude Giroux
Rick Roos
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 4
Toronto in 6
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 4
Minnesota in 7
Los Angeles in 5
Anaheim in 7
Final: Nashville-Pittsburgh
Stanley Cup: Nashville
Smythe: Pekka Rinne
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Evgeni Malkin
2. Sidney Crosby
3. Phil Kessel
4. Ryan Getzlaf
5. Filip Forsberg
Alexander MacLean
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 6
Toronto in 7
Columbus in 6
Philadelphia in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Vegas in 6
San Jose in 7
Final: Nashville-Tampa Bay
Stanley Cup: Nashville
Smythe: Pekka Rinne
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Nikita Kucherov
2. Steven Stamkos
3. Filip Forsberg
4. Claude Giroux
5. Roman Josi
Brennan Des
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 7
Columbus in 6
Philadelphia in 7
Nashville in 4
Winnipeg in 5
Los Angeles in 7
Anaheim in 7
Final: Winnipeg-Boston
Stanley Cup: Winnipeg
Smythe: Blake Wheeler
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Blake Wheeler
2. Mark Scheifele
3. Brad Marchand
4. Patrice Bergeron
5. David Pastrnak
Brad Phillips
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 7
Washington in 5
Pittsburgh in 7
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 4
Vegas in 7
Anaheim in 5
Final: Winnipeg-Tampa Bay
Stanley Cup: Tampa Bay
Smythe: Nikita Kucherov
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Nikita Kucherov
2. Blake Wheeler
3. Nikolaj Ehlers
4. Steven Stamkos
5. Evgeni Malkin
Adam Mark
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 5
Boston in 5
Columbus in 6
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Los Angeles in 6
Anaheim in 4
Final: Nashville-Boston
Stanley Cup: Nashville
Smythe: Pekka Rinne
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Filip Forsberg
2. Brad Marchand
3. David Pastrnak
4. Patrice Bergeron
5. Ryan Johansen
Cameron Metz
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 5
Toronto in 6
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 5
Los Angeles in 6
Anaheim in 6
Final: Los Angeles-Pittsburgh
Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh
Smythe: Evgeni Malkin
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Evgeni Malkin
2. Anze Kopitar
3. Auston Matthews
4. Sidney Crosby
5. Phil Kessel
Christopher Kane
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 5
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 6
Vegas in 7
San Jose in 6
Final: Winnipeg-Boston
Stanley Cup: Boston
Smythe: Patrice Bergeron
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Brad Marchand
2. Patrice Bergeron
3. Mark Scheifele
4. Blake Wheeler
5. Evgeni Malkin
Chris Liggio
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 5
Washington in 7
Pittsburgh in 7
Nashville in 6
Winnipeg in 5
Los Angeles in 6
San Jose in 7
Final: Nashville-Pittsburgh
Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh
Smythe: Matt Murray
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Jake Guentzel
2. PK Subban
3. Evgeni Malkin
4. Jeff Carter
5. Sidney Crosby
CONSENSUS
Round 1:
Tampa Bay in 6
Boston in 6
Columbus in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
Nashville in 5
Winnipeg in 5
Los Angeles in 6
San Jose in 7
Final: Nashville-Boston
Stanley Cup: Nashville
Smythe: Pekka Rinne
Top 5 Scorers:
1. Brad Marchand
2. Patrice Bergeron
3. Evgeni Malkin
4. David Pastrnak
5. F.Forsberg/N.Kucherov
   

 

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Mario Prata is the manager of special projects and marketing for Dobber Sports. He is also a co-founder of the famous The Sports Forecaster magazine.

Cam Robinson is an associate editor at DobberProspects and, along with Ian Gooding and Mike Clifford, collaborates to Daily Ramblings throughout the summer while Steve Laidlaw is on leave.

Eric Daoust manages our valued Frozen Pool section.

Tom Collins writes the weekly Top 10 column that can be found here every Monday.

Rick Roos authors the weekly Cage Match column every Wednesday.

Adam Daly-Frey checks out what's coming down the pipe with the Looking Ahead column every Friday.

Adam Mark is our resident prognosticator, penning the weekly Saturday NHL Picks column.

Alex MacLean authors the salary cap column Capped, which can be found here every Thursday.

Brennan Des writes the weekly line combinations column every Tuesday, and gives us the latest injury information every Wednesday.

Brad Phillips, also a senior writer with DobberProspects, pens the weekly prospect column The Journey that can be found here every Saturday.

Chris Liggio writes the Frozen Pool Forensics column on Fridays.

Cameron Metz pens the Eastern Edge column that's published on Tuesdays.

Christopher Kane writes the weekly Wild West column every Monday.

 

Enjoy the playoffs, folks!!

 

 

 

4 responses to “DobberHockey Experts Panel – NHL Playoffs 2018”

  1. Garry Irving says:

    12 out of 18 pick LA to win . I went with Dobber

  2. Stu Campaigne says:

    An expert panel without striker’s feedback? What is his alter ego?

  3. yannick robidas says:

    Hey Dobber, how can the Leafs beat Boston in 7 but Boston still ends up in the Final? something doesn’t add up.
    cheers.