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Why Your Favourite NHL Team will Win the Stanley Cup and Why they Won’t

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Well, it’s finally here: The Stanley Cup Playoffs. We can’t lie, when we started The Amateur Agency, we weren’t really certain we would be covering hockey, it’s not exactly the top sport that any of us follow (yes, we know we live in Canada). However, it’s still something we all keep tabs on throughout the season.

But nothing compares to playoff hockey and that’s what really rallies everyone behind a team. Whether you’re rooting for an underdog like the Carolina Hurricanes (the Storm Surge celebrations are legit and if you say otherwise you’re out of touch, OLD MAN) or if you happen to be jumping on the bandwagon of one of the greatest regular season teams in the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Playoff hockey is for everyone.

That being said, we wanted to present you with reasons why your favourite team will win the Stanley Cup and subsequently why they won’t. Everyone from The Amateur Agency will be contributing and we will be hiding behind the curtain of anonymity like a bunch of cowards, so direct your anger to our takes at our entire organization as a whole. Without further ado:

Tampa Bay Lightning

Why They Will Win

Is it possible just to list the entire team? Is that too lazy? Do we care? For one, Nikita Kucherov and his 128 points will be a problem come playoffs. But it doesn’t stop there, Steven Stamkos is always a threat with his 45 goals.  At this point, there’s no point on going further if this team doesn’t win the Stanley Cup it’ll be almost worse than when the 2007 16-0 New England Patriots failed to take home the Lombardi Trophy.

Why They Won’t Win

If they take their opponents too lightly. Other than that, it is hard to find any weaknesses on the Lightning.

Calgary Flames

Why They Will Win

Offensively, the Flames have five players who had more than 70 points. Johnny Gaudreau had 99 points, Sean Monahan had 82, Elias Lindholm had 78 and Matthew Tkachuck 77 points and Mark Giordano, a Norris Trophy candidate had 74 points. That’s a lot of points. Beyond that, Mikael Backlund, Derek Ryan and Michael Frolik all offer superb offensive depth.

Why They Won’t Win

Possible goaltending woes. Mike Smith and David Rittich both split duties throughout the season. Both stepped up in key situations at times, however, neither instill confidence into the Flames faithful heading into the playoffs. What’s regarded as one of the best Flames teams in history (regular season wise), the Achilles heel that continues to be talked about is goaltending. No pressure fellas.

Washington Capitals

Why They Will Win

Alex Ovechkin is good at hockey. Braden Holtby is good at goaltending. They won the cup last season. They’re fifth in goals for this season with 274 in the regular season. If anything, the talent on the front end of this team would be enough to carry them deep into the playoffs with the likes of Niklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie.

Why They Won’t Win

It’s hard to repeat as champions in sports, let alone the NHL. Just ask… the Pittsburgh Penguins? Ok, bad example but before them, it had taken 17 years for that feat to be achieved. The Caps also boasted the eighth worst penalty kill as well as the worst faceoff win percentage in the regular season.

San Jose Sharks

Why They Will Win

The Sharks management made it known they are going all in this season after acquiring all-star defenceman Erik Karlsson. Brett Burns is a Norris trophy candidate and will be relied on to lead this team. Joe Thornton is approaching the end of his career and will want a Stanley Cup before he retires.

Why They Won’t Win

In the past, the Sharks haven’t been able to seize the opportunity when it was there for the taking. Yes, they made the Stanley Cup Final but haven’t been able to get the job done and have been seen as ‘chokers’ in the eyes of some NHL fans.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Why They Will Win

The Maple Leafs will harness the power of Oz the Great and Powerful, drink the nectar of the Gods, and sprinkle in some help from Lady Luck to overcome all odds to hoist their first Stanley Cup victory in over 50 years.

In all seriousness, this team is loaded with offensive depth, having 4 solid offensive lines that are headlined by Tavares, Marner, and Zach Hyman. The whole team is now fully healthy as they head into the Playoffs for the third straight year.

Why They Won’t Win

The team as a whole struggled mightily during the last month of the season. Injuries played a part, but it was an ugly run of games. The Leafs have no momentum heading into the post-season where they play a Boston team that they have historically struggled against.

Winnipeg Jets

Why They Will Win

The Jets are made for a long playoff run. Led by perennial goal scorer Patrik Laine, the Jets made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season. Mark Scheifele is one of the most underrated players in the NHL and they have toughness with Dustin Byfuglien. The Jets also added Kevin Hayes at the deadline, he has plenty of playoff experience from his days with the Rangers. The Jets have gone all in.

Why They Won’t Win

The Jets got matched up in the first round with one of the hottest teams coming into the playoffs, the St. Louis Blues. Dustin Byfuglien is also fresh off an injury and if he was to get reinjured that could really hurt the Jets.

New York Islanders

Why They Will Win

The Islanders have a stout young team that was able to temper the chaos that ensued with John Tavares’ departure. Led by Mathew Barzal, the team didn’t have ground-breaking production from any one player. Instead, the Islanders received steady contributions from the whole team. That, coupled with their stout goaltending, is how they will win the Cup.

Why They Won’t Win

There are too many teams in the Eastern Conference that are just too high-powered (I’m looking at you, Tampa Bay), that the Islanders will not be able to maintain that same level of production for a full post-season.

Las Vegas Golden Knights

Why They Will Win

The Golden Knights made history last year becoming the first expansion team to make it to the Stanley Cup Final. I’m sure their attitude is to run it back. The Knights added Max Pacioretty in the offseason and Mark Stone who was the most sought after player at the trade deadline. Marc-Andre Fleury plays at his best come playoff time in Vegas.

Why They Won’t Win

This year doesn’t seem as magical as it did last year and they’re also not as hot heading into the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Why They Will Win

They have arguably the best player in the world on their team and he always seems to take his play up a notch in the Playoffs. Kris Letang has had an impressive year that has led him to being a Norris Trophy candidate. This is a veteran experienced team and that always seems to help in clutch moments.

Why They Won’t Win

Matt Murray hasn’t been as reliable as he was when they last won the Stanley Cup but he could turn things around. The Penguins are also an ageing team and even though they have been so successful in recent years, their window might be getting smaller.

St. Louis Blues

Why They Will Win

The Blues have come in as one of the leagues hottest teams and stole a game from the Jets last night.

Why They Won’t Win

The Blues have always come close to making it to the final but can never get over the hump. Who is to say this year won’t be any different? I guess we will see.

Carolina Hurricanes

Why They Will Win

ALL ABOARD THE STORM SURGE BANDWAGON. Let’s be very clear, this celebration is GOOD for hockey, it’s fun, it’s exciting and it makes me actively root for this team. The fact that it pissed off Don Cherry of all people is icing on the cake. Anyways, what were we talking about again? Oh right, why they have a chance at winning the cup. They don’t.

Why They Won’t Win

They, unfortunately, have the difficult task of playing the defending champion Washington Capitals first round. And if they somehow make it through that gauntlet they would earn the right to play either the Penguins or Islanders. The surge was fun while it lasted.

Dallas Stars

Why They Will Win

The Dallas Stars have Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, who is always a major threat to score. They came into the playoffs with some momentum and that is one of the most important traits to succeed in the playoffs.

Why They Won’t

They have been dealt a bad hand playing the Nashville Predators in the first round. The Nashville crowd is one of the loudest come playoff time and are known for their unusual chants.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Why They Will Win

They somehow stole a game from Tampa Bay, which is like stealing a base in baseball. They just need to do that 15 more times. John Tortorella has coached many playoff teams and has a unique coaching style but with the right team, he has succeeded. He gets the best out of his players.

Why They Won’t

Do we really have to explain?

Colorado Avalanche

Why They Will Win

Colorado boasted the 10th best offence in goals for throughout the regular season as well as the 7th best powerplay percentage. Nathan MacKinnon had 99 points but it didn’t stop there. Mikko Rantanen (87) and Gabriel Landeskog (75) are threats on the offensive end.

Why They Won’t

The only problem is that this powerhouse offence will have to make up for the deficiencies on defence. The Avs also had the 7th worst penalty kill this past season.

Enjoy

Have fun enduring the madness and know that your favourite team likely won’t win the Stanley Cup because we all can’t get what we want and life isn’t fair. But enjoy!

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1 comment on “Why Your Favourite NHL Team will Win the Stanley Cup and Why they Won’t

  1. Awesome article. The leafs will win!

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