2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT predicts Round 1, Stanley Cup champion

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived! Welcome to opening night of the two-month grind that ends with an NHL team being awarded the Cup.

The 2019 postseason features a ton of storylines as we get underway Wednesday night. Will the Washington Capitals repeat? How will the Vegas Golden Knights build off last season’s memorable run? Can anyone stop the Tampa Bay Lightning?

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We’ll have those questions answered over the next two months. As we get going, the PHT staff has made their predictions for the opening round and who we think will make the Final and eventually win the thing.

Be sure to let us know your series and Cup picks in the comments!

PHT’s 2019 Stanley Cup playoff previews
Capitals vs Hurricanes
Islanders vs. Penguins

Bruins vs. Maple Leafs
Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

Predators vs. Stars
Blues vs. Jets
Flames vs. Avalanche
Sharks vs. Golden Knights

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