B/R NHL Experts Discuss: Stanley Cup Favorites and Award Winners at Midseason

January 19th, 2017 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

The Stanley Cup playoffs are not that far off. Yeah, the NHL is in something of the dog days of its 82-game season, but spring is starting to feel closer. And that means only one thing: predictions.

The gist of the following conversation between Bleacher Report hockey writers Adrian Dater and Jonathan Willis, however, can be summarized as follows: There are no clear favorites for anything. There is parity among the top teams, and there are horse races for the individual awards. 

Dater and Willis do their best at forecasting the winners, but don't bet the farm on any of it.


Dater: Well, Jonathan, we're a little more than past the halfway mark, and I feel strongly about who the best team in the league is and who will win the Stanley Cup.

No, wait. I don't have a clue, man. There are like five or six teams that have all had major winning streaks who keep taking turns at the top of the standings. It's been a new flavor every week—the Baskin-Robbins of sports. This is what NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman wants, right? Seriously, I could easily lay 100 bucks on sev ...

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