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2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Staff predictions for the NHL postseason

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Our SCH staff picks each series, conference and Cup champs, and a Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to get underway Wednesday night for six teams, including the Blackhawks, our Second City Hockey staff has poured over the playoff matchups and decided who we think will win it all. Some of us did not pick the Blackhawks. Please feel free to mock us if the Blackhawks win the Cup. We'll be happy to admit our wrongs.

You can see the preseason selections that some of us made here. Remember: We are experts.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

CHI-STL DAL-MIN LAK-SJS ANA-NSH
Satchel Blackhawks in six Stars in seven Kings in seven Ducks in six
Adam Blackhawks in six Stars in six Kings in seven Ducks in six
Robert Blackhawks in six Stars in six
Kings in six Ducks in seven
Erika Blackhawks in six Stars in five Kings in six Ducks in six
Liz Blackahwks in six Stars in six Kings in seven Ducks in six
Brandon Blackhawks in six Wild in six Kings in five Ducks in five
Greg Blackhawks in seven Wild in six Kings in five Predators in seven

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

WSH-PHI PIT-NYR FLA-NYI TBL-DET
Satchel Capitals in five Penguins in six Panthers in seven Red Wings in six
Adam Capitals in six Penguins in four Islanders in seven Lightning in six
Robert Capitals in five Penguins in five Panthers in six Red Wings in six
Erika Capitals in five Penguins in six Panthers in six Red Wings in seven
Liz Capitals in five Penguins in five Panthers in seven Red Wings in seven
Brandon Capitals in five Penguins in six Islanders in six Red Wings in six
Greg Capitals in six Rangers in seven Panthers in five Red Wings in five

Championship Rounds

West Champion East Champion Stanley Cup Champion Conn Smythe winner
Satchel Kings Capitals Kings Anze Kopitar
Adam Kings Penguins Penguins Kris Letang
Robert Blackhawks Capitals Blackhawks Corey Crawford
Erika Blackhawks Capitals Blackhawks Patrick Kane
Liz Blackhawks Panthers Blackhawks Corey Crawford
Brandon Kings Capitals Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov
Greg Blackhawks Capitals Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov