Why each NHL team will or won't win the Stanley Cup

Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils
Glenn Kaplan

The NHL Playoffs is the most exciting postseason depending on who you ask. Nine teams that made it to the 2018 postseason, also made it to the 2017 postseason.

The Vegas Golden Knights, the Los Angeles Kings, the Winnipeg Jets, the Colorado Avalanche, the New Jersey Devils, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Philadelphia Flyers, are the newcomers for the 2018 postseason.

There are so many headlines heading into these playoffs: Will Washington finally overcome their playoff failures? Will Pittsburgh three-peat, something which hasn't been done in over 30 years? Will the year of Philadelphia continue? Will Nashville get back to the finals? Will Vegas be the first expansion team to win a championship in its first season?

#1 (WC2) New Jersey Devils

Why the Devils will win it all: The Devils have more playoff experience on their roster than people think. Even though they haven't been there since the 2011-2012 season, they have players like Brian Boyle, Michael Grabner, and Patrick Maroon, who have recently been there.

Taylor Hall continues to play like an MVP, as he finished with 39 goals and 54 assists. Rookie Nico Hischier, takes his game to another level and becomes the second star on the team. Keith Kinkaid continues to play well like he did at the end of the regular season.

Why the Devils won't win it all: They have an impossible bracket to even reach the conference finals. Even though New Jersey beat Tampa Bay 3-0 in the regular season, it will be a different animal in the playoffs.

Even if the Devils were to beat Tampa, they would have to face the Toronto Maple Leafs or, the Boston Bruins in the second round. All of those teams finished with over 100 points. Also, Keith Kinkaid starts to falter and they have to rely on Cory Schneider between the pipes.

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Edited by Akhilesh Tirumala
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