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Postmedia News sportswriters make their predictions as the Stanley Cup playoffs approach.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Tampa Bay Lightning centre Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils with centre Steve Stamkos (91) during overtime of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 4-3.</div>
 

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils with centre Steve Stamkos (91) during overtime of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 4-3.

Photograph by: Chris O'Meara, AP

 
<div id="page1">Tampa Bay Lightning centre Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils with centre Steve Stamkos (91) during overtime of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 4-3.</div>
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, right, makes a save on a shot by St. Louis Blues' Dmitrij Jaskin, of Russia.
 during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in St. Louis. Wayne Scanlan of Ottawa Citizen picks the Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) and Johnny Oduya (27) let the puck slip past on a deflection by Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) during an NHL game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Denver.  Jim Matheson of Edmonton Journal picks the Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks centre Andrew Shaw knocks in a rebound past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen in an NHL game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in St. Louis. Joanne Ireland of Edmonton Journal picks the Blackhawks.
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), from Sweden, makes a save against the Washington Capitals, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Washington. The Rangers won 4-2. Brad Ziemer of Vancouver Sun picks the Rangers.
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) has his shot blocked by Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in an NHL game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Washington. The Rangers won 4-2. Iain MacIntyre of Vancouver Sun picks New York Rangers.
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, right, signs a jersey he gave to Tom Clinch, from Potomac, Md., during a fan appreciation event after an NHL game against the New York Rangers, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Washington. Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun picks Washington Capitals.
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford makes a save as St. Louis Blues centre David Backes looks for a rebound. Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazettee picks the Blackhawks.
Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens during practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard near Montreal Monday, April 13, 2015. The team is preparing for their opening round matchup in the NHL playoffs with the Ottawa Senators. Pacioretty missed the end of the regular season with an upper body injury. Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald picks the Canadiens.
Tampa Bay Lightning centre Jonathan Marchessault (42) goes to the goal in front of Boston Bruins centre Ryan Spooner (51). Dave Stubbs of Montreal Gazette picks the Lightning.
St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, right, of Russia, celebrates after scoring as Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund, left, of Finland, looks on. George Johnson of the Calgary Herald picks the Blues.
Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone, (61), high-fives the bench after scoring against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason on Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Senators won 3-1. Michael Traikos of National Post picks the Senators.
St. Louis Blues centre Jori Lehtera, left, is congratulated by right wing Vladimir Tarasenko after he scored an unassisted goal. Bob Duff of the Windsor Star picks the Blues.
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) and centre Steve Stamkos (91) work to keep out a Boston Bruins shot on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Tampa, Fla. Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald picks the Lightning.
Chicago Blackhawks' Michael Paliotta (47) collides with goalie Scott Darling (33) while trying to block a shot by the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Denver. Jim Jamieson of The Province picks the Blackhawks.
Tampa Bay Lightning players salute their fans. Ed Willes of The Province picks the Lightning.
New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal with his teammates. Ben Kuzma of The Province picks the Rangers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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