May 2 2022
Just like every previous season, we'll post series winner predictions and odds for every playoff round. Let's kick off the playoffs!
All of our playoff predictions below are derived from regular season performance (read our post from a couple of seasons back to understand why). Here we go:
|Florida Panthers||52.4 %||1.91|
|Washington Capitals||47.6 %||2.1|
|Carolina Hurricanes||52.49 %||1.91|
|Boston Bruins||47.51 %||2.1|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||51.14 %||1.96|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||48.86 %||2.05|
|New York Rangers||49.87 %||2.01|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||50.13 %||1.99|
|Colorado Avalanche||53.63 %||1.86|
|Nashville Predators||46.37 %||2.16|
|Minnesota Wild||52.73 %||1.9|
|St. Louis Blues||47.27 %||2.12|
|Calgary Flames||53.44 %||1.87|
|Dallas Stars||46.56 %||2.15|
|Los Angeles Kings||49.28 %||2.03|
|Edmonton Oilers||50.72 %||1.97|
The Eastern Conference is tougher than ever. All eight teams entered into the playoffs by a clear margin: New York Islanders were 16 points behind the Capitals "battling" for the final postseason berth. Moreover, all Eastern teams had either an excellent regular season or are seasoned playoff veterans with a recent track record for success, so expect the round 1 to be phenomenal.
The margins weren't that large in the Western Conference, where Vegas missed the last wild card spot by three points. The overall bracket seems similar to the East, though: teams that have recently gone deep in the playoffs (St. Louis, Dallas, L.A., Nashville) are challenging the new generation: Colorado, Calgary, Edmonton and Minnesota.
Maybe the theme of the 2022 playoffs will be about experience vs. inexperience.