NHL Network Believes Two Canadian Teams Will Compete For The Cup This Year

Published February 6, 2023 at 7:10 PM
BY S. HARPER
     
When it comes to winning the Stanley Cup, it's been said it's the hardest trophy in sports to win. You start with training camp than after a gruelling 82 game season, if your team's lucky enough to make the playoffs you have 4 rounds to win to raise that mighty Cup.

We are heading into the final stretch of the 2023 season with about 30 games left, here's what the playoff picture looks like thous far.

Eastern Conference

Bruins vs Penguins
Hurricanes vs Capitals
Leafs vs Lightning
Devils vs Rangers


Western Conference

Stars vs Avalanche
Kraken vs Oilers
Jets vs Wild
Kings vs Golden Knights

This is just obviously a rough mock of what the first round could look like but with 30 games left, don't be surprised to see some of these teams not make it or a surprise team grabs a spot.

On Monday The NHL Network panel discussed the upcoming Playoffs and Hockey Analyst Mike Rupp was discussing how the Lightning could be a cup contender yet again.

Former NHL'er Mike Johnson looked like he was going to jump in the Bruins bandwagon but then made a bold prediction that he thinks we will see a Leafs vs Oilers Stanley Cup final.

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Johnson would say:

I think the winner of the Toronto vs Tampa has a great chance of upsetting Boston.
They'll be battle tested - if it's Toronto, so full of confidence after having accomplished something they've been striving to accomplish getting past the first round. They also played Boston really tough, as has Tampa.. The Momentum of winning that very big series to start the playoffs, cloud propel that team forward. Oilers vs Leafs.

Johnson on the Leafs having a great chance to run the gauntlet in the East in this year's playoffs.


This is just the NHL Network having a little fun and giving some insights on the Playoffs. However the odds of an all Canadian Stanley Cup final is probably about the same odds of winning the lottery, but it would be cool to see the Stanley Cup back with a Canadian team.
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