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LGS Stanley Cup Finals Predictions
Who is going to win and some quips on the series matchups
5/31/2023 - By LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their predictions for the Stanley Cup Finals:

Florida vs Vegas
Ryan Hall Paul Krill Mike Lee Ken Smyth

4 games to 2

4 games to 2

4 games to 3

4 games to 2
Ryan Hall: So here we are: Vegas vs. Florida. I hate that Vegas is 4 wins away from the Stanley Cup. I hate that top to bottom they seem to be a better team. I hate that smarmy Gary Bettman would love nothing more that to hand that Trophy to Bill Foley. I even hate that Jack Eichel and Jonathan Quick are somehow part of the narrative. However, I LOVE that Florida is going to continue to shock the world. At this point we're beyond logic and rationale with the Panthers. That died in OT of Game 5 in Boston when the hockey gods declared that Sunrise would feel the warmth of their grace. Reason died in Carolina where the Panthers won 4 games in soul crushing, heart breaking fashion against the Hurricanes. And so, we are only left with fact: the Florida Panthers are the avatar of destiny. Cats in 6!

Paul Krill: After going 1 for 4 in Round 2, I picked both Conference winners in Round 3. Anyway, we already know one thing: This will be the fifth time a post-Sharks expansion team has won the Cup (3 for TB, 1 for Anaheim) while we're still waiting for our first in San Jose. I see Matthew Tkachuk and Florida as unstoppable at this point. Granted, Tkachuk will no longer have the benefit of Brent Burns on the ice for GWGs, but the Panthers, with Sergei Bobrovsky, will be too much Adin Hill and Vegas. (Looks like the Sharks got rid of the wrong goaltender. Oops!) Vegas started choking against the Stars, reminiscent of what the Knights did against the Sharks in 2019, while Florida has steamrolled over Carolina and Toronto, after dismissing record-setting Boston from the post-season. Look for the Cup to be won by a Florida-based team for the third time in 4 years. Panthers in 6.

Ken Smyth: Only satisfaction seeing these two teams in the Final is knowing that Boston and Edmonton are sitting it out, despite months of hype. Jack Eichel always impressed me as a great player dragged down by years of terrible Buffalo teams and now he has a supporting cast. (Was the management in Toronto and Edmonton paying attention? Nah, they're making money) Florida was the President's Trophy winner in 2022 and overthrown all predictions this season after squeezing into the playoffs. If goalie Bob stays hot they could pull an upset but I see Vegas as crushing their opponents in this series as they have done throughout these playoffs.

Mike Lee: I'm picking the Knights, because I can't seem to get them right, so this is a reverse psychology move! I'm banking the fact that if I pik them, they'll lose! In all seriousness, the Knights have the advantage on paper, but the Panthers have bucked that through the first three rounds. This one is really a coin flip in my honest opinion. It has all the makings of a fantastic series, so all I really hope for is that it goes 7 games. These are two teams that have the talent and grit to get it done, so it's anyone's series. Give the goaltending advantage to Florida.

And how about some prop bets...
  Ryan Hall Paul Krill Mike Lee Ken Smyth
Conn Smythe Winner Matthew Tkachuk Matthew Tkachuk William Karlsson Jack Eichel
Goalie with lowest GAA Sergei Bobrovsky Sergei Bobrovsky Adin Hill Adin Hill
Leading Goal Scorer Carter Verhaeghe Matthew Tkachuk William Karlsson Jonathan Marchessault
Number of OT periods (total for the series) 6 2 5 4


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