Sam Segelbaum’s picks


Sam Segelbaum, Staff Reporter

To start off a perfectly executed bracket I chose a obvious favorite, the Nashville Predators. The Predators have been an exceptional team with 7th overall in goals scoring and 2nd overall in goals against. They also clearly are a strong team in the playoffs from being an underdog in every single game all the way to the championship.

The next game I chose was the Wild versus Jets game. This was a biased choice because I am a big Wild fan and I can’t cheer against them. The Wild are a consistent team with Eric Staal leading the way with tying the Wild record of 42 goals this season.

Going to the Pacific Coast Division the first game is the Vegas Golden Knights against the Los Angeles Kings. A miracle team that was just created this year is somehow killing it with top five in goals forward. The Kings are also a washed team with players like Kopitar that are passed their prime. Vegas will win easy.

The Anaheim versus San Jose game was a toss up for me. Both teams are more defensive heavy with San Jose being 2nd in penalty kills and Anaheim 3rd in goals against. In my opinion San Jose has been the hotter team so I chose them.

Across the country in the Atlantic Division The number one Lightning are playing the New Jersey Devils. I laughed when I saw the Devils made it to the playoffs because of how mediocre their team has been in the past. I don’t need to argue a side here I got the Lightning in 4 games.

I may sound like I don’t know much about the NHL with this next pick but I chose Boston because their city wins national championships in everything all the time. Along with that the team has amazing statistics with 6th in scoring, 4th in goals against, 4th in powerplay goals, and 3rd in powerplay kills.

Over to the Metropolitan division the Washington Capitals have choked in the playoffs every single year. I simply can’t take them to win any series because they are untrustworthy. The Blue Jackets are also not that bad of a team being 9th in goals against.

In the final series of the opening round I chose the Penguins. The Penguins are one of the top offensive teams being first in power play goals and third in regular goals they should be able to skate all over the average Flyers.

Over to the next round.

For the Central Division it killed me to pick against the Wild, but the Predators are just too good. They are exceptional in offensive and defensive abilities and they will have no problem sweeping the Wild.

Over to the Pacific division the Vegas Golden Knights will have no problem taking down the Ducks. Led by William Karlsson with 43 goals, the Knights will look to be a team that will not only be new but will also be a Stanley Cup contender.

In the Atlantic Division I have the Tampa Bay Lightning winning against the Bruins. The Bruins may look like a championship caliber team on paper, but the Lightning are a powerful force on offense that should run all over the Bruins.

Finally, in the Metropolitan Division The Blue Jackets are not that great of a team. As I said before the only reason they will win their first series is because of the Captains choke every single year. Blue Jackets will easily be swept by Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

I have to go with the fan favorite here which is the Vegas Knights. This game is a toss up for me because both teams are threats on offense and defense. I have to go Vegas to cheer on one of my favorite players who is a former Wild player, Erik Haula.

In the other semi final game between the Penguins and Lightning it’s hard to go against this Penguin dynasty. Sidney Crosby is hands down the best player in the NHL right now and will lead his team to the Stanley Cup championship for a third year in a row. The Penguins are also have the best offense in the league and can easily finish this series in 5 games.

On to the big game, The Stanley Cup Final. It was a tough choice for me, either a three-peat for the Penguins or the new expansion team. Vegas is pretty strong in offense and defense, versus the Penguins are the top offense with just an okay defense.

For me defense wins championships. I have the Vegas Golden Knights winning the Stanley cup in seven games. With a total goal count of 37 goals between the two teams.