We’re quickly approaching the National Hockey League’s final regular season day. Teams finish the regular season on April 29. Then on Monday, May 2, the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs officially start. See below for 2022 NHL Postseason predictions.
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Florida will win the Atlantic, the Hurricanes take the Metropolitan, and the Capitals end up the lowest Eastern Conference wildcard
As of April 18, the Florida Panthers have 118 points in the Atlantic Division. Florida is 12 points ahead of Toronto and 16 points ahead of Tampa Bay. Although the Panthers could implode and end up losing the Atlantic, it won’t happen. The Panthers rank first in shots each match, 37.7, and first in goals per, 4.2. Their offense is fantastic.
During the regular season, a great offense often leads to a division victory, which is what will happen in this case. The Carolina Hurricanes should win the Metropolitan. The New York Rangers are just 2 points behind the Canes heading into April 19, but New York has a tough schedule to end the regular season.
NYR is at the Islanders, at the Bruins, and host Carolina and Washington in four of their last five matches. Good luck winning 3-of-4, Rangers. Speaking of the Caps, the rest of their schedule suggests they can end up the top wildcard. But D.C. may want to stay where they’re at. Florida doesn’t scare Washington.
Colorado wins the Central, the Flames win the Pacific, and the Dallas Stars end up the lowest wildcard
The Avs have 116 points heading into the final regular season week. Colorado has already won the Central Division. They’ve also already clinched the Western Conference’s beset record. Calgary is 9 points ahead of Edmonton in the Pacific. The Flames should lock down the division victory before the final regular season game.
As of April 18, the Stars and Predators both have 91 points. Dallas will end up the lowest seeded wildcard, which won’t be an issue for the Stars. Like Washington in the East, the 1-seed in the Western Conference, the Avalanche, won’t intimidate the Stars. Dallas will be okay with playing Colorado in their first playoff series.
After starting the preseason a favorite, the Vegas Golden Knights will miss the postseason
Vegas started the season a co-second choice with the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Cup. But after beginning the season with high hopes, the Vegas Golden Knights won’t make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Vegas is in dire straits. They’re in the hunt, but they must hope the teams ahead of them, Nashville, Dallas, Edmonton, and the Los Angeles Kings, fail in the final regular season week.
The Kings are the likeliest squad to implode. The guess here, though, is that Vegas is the team that implodes while Los Angeles plays well in their final few games, which means this offseason, the Golden Knights must head back to the drawing board if they hope to win Lord Stanley’s hardware.
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