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Second City Hockey’s 2018-19 NHL season predictions

Two writers have the Blackhawks making the playoffs with the second wild card spot.

NHL Trophies Displayed At The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Ahead Of The 2018 NHL Awards Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The 2018-19 NHL season starts for eight teams Wednesday, then the Blackhawks get things started against the lowly Senators on Thursday in Ottawa.

But because we’re suitable people who are alright with the hockey world saying “Ha Ha” like Nelson from “The Simpsons” when we are wrong, we’ll also post our standings and Stanley Cup predictions. As each year passes it seems like there’s less and less of a gap between teams.

There are several teams that can be viewed as locks for the playoffs though and a few that are destined for the dumpster. Where the Blackhawks fit in that discussion is unknown with Corey Crawford’s health and bounce back seasons from Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews playing a huge part in it.


Brad: Jets, Predators, Avalanche

Brandon: Jets, Predators, Blues

Dave: Jets, Predators, Blues

Nick: Predators, Jets, Blues


Brad: Sharks, Golden Knights, Ducks

Brandon: Sharks, Golden Knights, Ducks

Dave: Sharks, Golden Knights, Kings

Nick: Sharks, Ducks, Golden Knights

Western Conference wild card picks

Brad: Blues, Kings

Brandon: Flames, Kings

Dave: Avalanche, Blackhawks

Nick: Flames, Blackhawks


Brad: Maple Leafs, Lightning, Bruins

Brandon: Lightning, Maple Leafs, Panthers

Dave: Lightning, Maple Leafs, Bruins

Nick: Maple Leafs, Lightning, Bruins


Brad: Penguins, Blue Jackets, Capitals

Brandon: Penguins, Capitals, Blue Jackets

Dave: Capitals, Penguins, Blue Jackets

Nick: Penguins, Blue Jackets, Capitals

Eastern Conference wild card picks

Brad: Flyers, Panthers

Brandon: Bruins, Flyers

Dave: Panthers, Flyers

Nick: Panthers, Devils

Stanley Cup Final

Brad: Maple Leafs over Jets

Brandon: Jets over Lightning

Dave: Sharks over Lightning

Nick: Maple Leafs over Sharks