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Stan Fischler's Second-Round Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

The Maven, Stan Fischler, shares his thoughts on who will win the four Stanley Cup playoff matchups to advance to the NHL conference finals.

I'm beyond pumped for the second round tonight and delighted to go off the wall with my predictions for both the four series and for each game.

No analytics for me; just using the top of my head; that's all. In the first round, I had five wins – Rangers, Canes, Flames, Oilers and Panthers. My two losses were Leafs and Wild. I took a bye on Avs-Preds because my boy, Juuse Saros, couldn't play.

Here are my second-round picks:

FLORIDA OVER TAMPA BAY: This Sunshine State classic will go the limit. I see the Cats are super-motivated. Sooner or later the Law of Averages has to catch up with The Champs; as well as attrition. I know I shouldn't bet against two-time title-holders but I will. PANTHERS IN 7.

RANGERS OVER CAROLINA: Antti Raanta is an awfully good goalie but Igor Shesterkin is better and younger. The Blueshirts are resilient and deeper than the Canes. Lots of good battles -- I like Adam Fox vs. Tony DeAngelo. Home ice won't matter. RANGERS IN 5.

EDMONTON OVER CALGARY: The Oil Cans have the best player in the world. Now all they need is half-decent goaltending. Connor McDavid's new sidekick, Evander Kane, is the secret weapon. I love Darryl Sutter's coaching but King McDavid will rule. OILERS IN 5.

ST.LOUIS OVER COLORADO: The Avs never make it into the second round so why should this year be different? They're the Leafs of the West. Close, but no cigar.

Unlike others, I'm not a huge Darcy Kuemper fan. Blues won a Cup with Jordan Binnington; they can win this series with him as well. BLUES IN 7.





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