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Second City Hockey’s 2019-20 NHL season predictions

Who will win the Stanley Cup?

NHL at Kraft Hockeyville Canada Photo by Dave Sanford/NHLI via Getty Images

The 2019-20 NHL season begins Wednesday, then the Blackhawks get things started Friday against the Flyers on Friday in Prague.

There are several teams that can be viewed as locks to return to the playoffs, and some that may sneak in after going home early a season ago. Where the Blackhawks fit in that discussion is dependent on the team’s overall defensive play, the health of Corey Crawford and whether Robin Lehner will be able to play at a top level in front of Chicago’s porous defense.

This is the first of three predictions posts with the NHL Awards and Blackhawks-focused picks to come.

Central

Brandon: NSH, COL, DAL

Dave: COL, STL, NSH

Ian: COL, DAL, STL

Matt: NSH, COL, STL

Shepard: NSH, STL, COL

Pacific

Brandon: CGY, VGS, SJ

Dave: CGY, VGS, SJ

Ian: VGS, SJ, CGY

Matt: VGS, CGY, SJ

Shepard: VGS, SJ, CGY

Western wild card picks

Brandon: STL, ARI

Dave: WPG, DAL

Ian: NSH, VAN

Matt: WPG, CHI

Shepard: DAL, CHI

Atlantic

Brandon: TB, TOR, BOS

Dave: TB, BOS, TOR

Ian: TB, BOS, TOR

Matt: TB, BOS, TOR

Shepard: TB, BOS, TOR

Metropolitan

Brandon: CAR, WSH, PIT

Dave: WSH, PIT, CAR

Ian: CAR, WSH, NYI

Matt: WSH, CAR, PIT

Shepard: WSH, CAR, NYI

Eastern wild card picks

Brandon: FLA, NJ

Dave: NYI, FLA

Ian: FLA, NJ

Matt: FLA, NJ

Shepard: PIT, NJ

Stanley Cup Final

Brandon: VGS over TB

Dave: TB over CGY

Ian: VGS over CAR

Matt: WSH over NSH

Shepard: VGS over TB

Sound off in the comments with your picks.