NHL predictions: Who will dominate the shortened 2013 season?

Bruce Bennett

How will the 2013 NHL season shape up? Our panel of not-experts makes predictions for the new year.

It seemed for a while there like the NHL might never return, but now we're just hours from the start of the 2013 NHL season, and that means it's prediction time. Of course, predictions aren't a science during an 82-game season, let alone a 48-game season, but we'll try our best.

Here's a panel of experts ... uh, people who watch a lot of hockey .... from around SB Nation to help predict the 2013 NHL season. We've picked winners for each division, predicted each of the conference final match-ups, the Cup Finals match-up and, of course, a Stanley Cup winner. We've also selected a winner for several of the major awards.

If we're right come late June, you get your money back. Enjoy!

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Travis Hughes

NHL Editor, SBNation.com; Editor, Broad Street Hockey

Atlantic: New York Rangers
Northeast: Boston Bruins
Southeast: Carolina Hurricanes
Central: St. Louis Blues
Northwest: Vancouver Canucks
Pacific: San Jose Sharks

Eastern Finals: Rangers vs. Capitals
Western Finals: Sharks vs. Kings
Cup Finals: Rangers vs. Sharks
Stanley Cup Champion: San Jose Sharks

Hart Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
Art Ross Trophy: Steven Stamkos, Lightning
Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
Norris Trophy: Shea Weber, Predators
Calder Trophy: Alex Galchenyuk, Canadiens

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Bruce Ciskie

Contributor, SBNation.com, Hockey Wilderness

Atlantic: Pittsburgh Penguins
Northeast: Boston Bruins
Southeast: Washington Capitals
Central: St. Louis Blues
Northwest: Minnesota Wild
Pacific: San Jose Sharks

Eastern Finals: Penguins vs. Bruins
Western Finals: Blues vs. Blackhawks
Cup Finals: Penguins vs. Blues
Stanley Cup Champion: Pittsburgh Penguins

Hart Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Penguins
Art Ross Trophy: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
Vezina Trophy: Ryan Miller, Sabres
Norris Trophy: Zdeno Chara, Bruins
Calder Trophy: Mikael Granlund, Wild

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Dominik Jansky

Contributor, SBNation.com; Editor, Lighthouse Hockey

Atlantic: Pittsburgh Penguins
Northeast: Boston Bruins
Southeast: Washington Capitals
Central: St. Louis Blues
Northwest: Vancouver Canucks
Pacific: Los Angeles Kings

Eastern Finals: Penguins vs. Rangers
Western Finals: Blues vs. Canucks
Cup Finals: Penguins vs. Canucks
Stanley Cup Champion: Vancouver Canucks

Hart Trophy: Drew Doughty, Kings
Art Ross Trophy: Steven Stamkos, Lightning
Vezina Trophy: Jonathan Quick, Kings
Norris Trophy: Shea Weber, Predators
Calder Trophy: Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues

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Steve Lepore

Contributor, SBNation.com

Atlantic: New York Rangers
Northeast: Boston Bruins
Southeast: Carolina Hurricanes
Central: St. Louis Blues
Northwest: Vancouver Canucks
Pacific: San Jose Sharks

Eastern Finals: Rangers vs. Bruins
Western Finals: Blues vs. Canucks
Cup Finals: Blues vs. Bruins
Stanley Cup Champion: Boston Bruins

Hart Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Penguins
Art Ross Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Penguins
Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask, Bruins
Norris Trophy: Drew Doughty, Kings
Calder Trophy: Mikael Granlund, Wild

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Tyler Bleszinski

Founder, SB Nation and Vox Media

Atlantic: New York Rangers
Northeast: Boston Bruins
Southeast: Carolina Hurricanes
Central: St. Louis Blues
Northwest: Vancouver Canucks
Pacific: Los Angeles Kings

Eastern Finals: Rangers vs. Bruins
Western Finals: Blues vs. Kings
Cup Finals: Bruins vs. Blues
Stanley Cup Champion: St. Louis Blues

Hart Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
Art Ross Trophy: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
Norris Trophy: Zdeno Chara, Bruins
Calder Trophy: Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers

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Kurt Mensching

Editor, SBNation.com

Atlantic: New York Rangers
Northeast: Boston Bruins
Southeast: Washington Capitals
Central: Chicago Blackhawks
Northwest: Minnesota Wild
Pacific: Los Angeles Kings

Eastern Finals: Penguins vs. Bruins
Western Finals: Kings vs. Wild
Cup Finals: Penguins vs. Wild
Stanley Cup Champion: Pittsburgh Penguins

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Art Ross Trophy: Steven Stamkos, Lightning
Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
Norris Trophy: Lidst... aw, crap. Shea Weber, Predators
Calder Trophy: Justin Schultz, Oilers

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Brandon Worley

Contributor, SBNation.com; Editor, Defending Big D

Atlantic: New York Rangers
Northeast: Montreal Canadiens
Southeast: Washington Capitals
Central: St. Louis Blues
Northwest: Vancouver Canucks
Pacific: Los Angeles Kings

Eastern Finals: Penguins vs. Rangers
Western Finals: Canucks vs. Blues
Cup Finals: Canucks vs. Rangers
Stanley Cup Champion: Vancouver Canucks

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
Norris Trophy: Zdeno Chara, Bruins
Calder Trophy: Nail Yakupov, Oilers

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