NHL playoff predictions: Who will win the 2013 Stanley Cup?

Jim McIsaac

Who will hoist the Stanley Cup in this lockout-shortened NHL season? Let's revisit our preseason predictions and look ahead to the 2013 NHL playoffs.

Under five months ago at the start of this shortened 2013 NHL season, we presented to you our predictions for what would unfold over the course of the 48-game year.

Shockingly, all of our panelists still have the chance of being right in terms of their Stanley Cup picks, but now that each team has played out the regular season string, it's time for us to revise our original outlook and make some new predictions for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Below are our selections.

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Travis Hughes

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

Conference Quarterfinals

Penguins vs. Islanders: Pittsburgh in six.
Canadiens vs. Senators: Ottawa in seven.
Capitals vs. Rangers: New York in six.
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Boston in five.
Blackhawks vs. Wild: Chicago in four.
Ducks vs. Red Wings: Detroit in seven.
Canucks vs. Sharks: San Jose in six.
Blues vs. Kings: Los Angeles in six.

Conference Semifinals

Penguins vs. Senators: Pittsburgh in six.
Rangers vs. Bruins: Boston in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Red Wings: Chicago in five.
Sharks vs. Kings: Los Angeles in seven.

Conference Finals

Penguins vs. Bruins: Boston in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Kings: Kings in seven.

Stanley Cup Final

Los Angeles Kings defeat Boston Bruins in six games.

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Bruce Ciskie

Contributor, SBNation.com, Hockey Wilderness

Conference Quarterfinals

Penguins vs. Islanders: Pittsburgh in five.
Canadiens vs. Senators: Montreal in seven.
Capitals vs. Rangers: Washington in six.
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Toronto in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Wild: Chicago in six.
Ducks vs. Red Wings: Detroit in five.
Canucks vs. Sharks: Vancouver in seven.
Blues vs. Kings: St. Louis in seven.

Conference Semifinals

Penguins vs. Maple Leafs: Pittsburgh in six.
Canadiens vs. Capitals: Washington in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Red Wings: Chicago in five.
Canucks vs. Blues: St. Louis in six.

Conference Finals

Penguins vs. Capitals: Pittsburgh in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Blues: St. Louis in seven.

Stanley Cup Final

Pittsburgh Penguins defeat St. Louis Blues in six games.

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Dominik Jansky

Contributor, SBNation.com; Editor, Lighthouse Hockey

Conference Quarterfinals

Penguins vs. Islanders: New York in four.
Canadiens vs. Senators: Montreal in seven.
Capitals vs. Rangers: New York in six.
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Boston in five.
Blackhawks vs. Wild: Chicago in five.
Ducks vs. Red Wings: Detroit in seven.
Canucks vs. Sharks: Vancouver in six.
Blues vs. Kings: St. Louis in four.

Conference Semifinals

Bruins vs. Islanders: New York in four.
Canadiens vs. Rangers: New York in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Red Wings: Chicago in six.
Canucks vs. Blues: St. Louis in four.

Conference Finals

Rangers vs. Islanders: Islanders in four.
Blackhawks vs. Blues: St. Louis in four.

Stanley Cup Final

St. Louis Blues over New York Islanders in seven.*

*Dominik may or may not be an Islanders fan living in St. Louis.

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Steve Lepore

Contributor, SBNation.com

Conference Quarterfinals

Penguins vs. Islanders: Pittsburgh in six.
Canadiens vs. Senators: Ottawa in five.
Capitals vs. Rangers: New York in seven.
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Boston in five.
Blackhawks vs. Wild: Chicago in four.
Ducks vs. Red Wings: Anaheim in five.
Canucks vs. Sharks: Vancouver in six.
Blues vs. Kings: Los Angeles in six.

Conference Semifinals

Penguins vs. Senators: Pittsburgh in four.
Bruins vs. Rangers: Boston in six.
Blackhawks vs. Kings: Chicago in seven.
Ducks vs. Canucks: Canucks in six.

Conference Finals

Penguins vs. Bruins: Pittsburgh in six.
Blackhawks vs. Canucks: Chicago in five.

Stanley Cup Final

Pittsburgh Penguins over Chicago Blackhawks in seven.

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Tyler Bleszinski

Founder, SB Nation and Vox Media

Conference Quarterfinals

Penguins vs. Islanders: Pittsburgh in four.
Canadiens vs. Senators: Ottawa in six.
Capitals vs. Rangers: New York in seven.
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Boston in six.
Blackhawks vs. Wild: Chicago in six.
Ducks vs. Red Wings: Detroit in six.
Canucks vs. Sharks: Vancouver in five.
Blues vs. Kings: St. Louis in seven.

Conference Semifinals

Penguins vs. Senators: Pittsburgh in six.
Bruins vs. Rangers: Boston in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Red Wings: Chicago in five.
Canucks vs. Blues: St. Louis in six.

Conference Finals

Penguins vs. Bruins: Boston in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Blues: St. Louis in four.

Stanley Cup Final

St. Louis Blues over Boston Bruins in six games.

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Kurt Mensching

Editor, SBNation.com

Conference Quarterfinals

Penguins vs. Islanders: Pittsburgh in four.
Canadiens vs. Senators: Ottawa in six.
Capitals vs. Rangers: Washington in five.
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Boston in seven.
Blackhawks vs. Wild: Chicago in five.
Ducks vs. Red Wings: Anaheim in six.
Canucks vs. Sharks: Vancouver in five.
Blues vs. Kings: Los Angeles in seven.

Conference Semifinals

Penguins vs. Senators: Pittsburgh in seven.
Bruins vs. Capitals: Boston in six.
Blackhawks vs. Kings: Los Angeles in six.
Ducks vs. Canucks: Anaheim in seven.

Conference Finals

Penguins vs. Capitals: Pittsburgh in five.
Ducks vs. Kings: Los Angeles in six.

Stanley Cup Final

Pittsburgh Penguins over Los Angeles Kings in seven.

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