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Second City Hockey’s 2018-19 NHL midseason updated playoff predictions

Three writers believe the Jets and Lightning will face off in the Stanley Cup Final.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Before the second half of the NHL season begins, the Second City Hockey staff weighed in on what teams they think will make the playoffs.

Let’s first look at the teams that would be in the playoffs right now.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic: Lightning (76), Maple Leafs (62), Canadiens (61)

Metropolitan: Islanders (63), Capitals (60), Blue Jackets (58)

Wild cards: Bruins (59), Penguins (58)

Western Conference

Central: Jets (64), Predators (64), Wild (55)

Pacific: Flames (71), Sharks (65), Golden Knights (62)

Wild cards: Stars (52), Avalanche (52)

Here are the picks from the SCH staff. Share your picks in the comments!

SCH’s 2018-19 NHL midseason predictions

Voter Atlantic Metropolitan East wild cards Central Pacific West wild cards Stanley Cup Final
Voter Atlantic Metropolitan East wild cards Central Pacific West wild cards Stanley Cup Final
Brad TB, TOR, BOS PIT, WSH, NYI BUF, MTL WPG, NSH, DAL CGY, SJ, VGK MIN, VAN TOR over WPG
Brandon TB, BOS, TOR PITT, WSH, CBJ NYI, BUF NSH, WPG, DAL CGY, VGK, SJ COL, ARI WPG over TB
Dave TB, TOR, BOS NYI, WSH, PIT CBJ, MTL WPG, NSH, COL SJ, CGY, VGK DAL, ANA TB over WPG
Matt TB, TOR, BOS WSH, PIT, NYI CBJ, MTL NSH, WPG, COL CGY, SJ, VGK DAL, MIN TB over NSH
Shalyn TB, TOR, BOS NYI, WSH, PITT CBJ, BUF WPG, NSH, COL CGY, SJ, VGK DAL, VAN TB over WPG