THE SANTA CLARA
November 3, 2016
Who will win the Stanley Cup?
Chicago Blackhawks – Ben Epstein
It should surprise nobody when the Blackhawks bring the Stanley Cup back to Chicago. Sure, they bowed in the first round last year, but that’s only because they suffered from significant injuries. They still have the best core in hockey—Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith are all among the top 10 players in the NHL. The Big 3 have three Stanley Cups to their name already and will make it four this year.
If Corey Crawford can remain consistent and Artem Anisimov continues his rise to stardom, Coach Joel Quenneville will have no problem leading Chicago back to the promised land.
Montreal Canadiens – Andrew Slap
If Carey Price can stay healthy, there’s no question that Montreal will celebrate their 25th Stanley Cup this year. The Canadiens are on an eight game win streak and lead the NHL in points and goal differential.
They rank fourth in the league in goals per game and lead the league in goals allowed. New defensive man Shea Weber is thriving in Montreal, Alex Galchenyuk is stepping into his own, and Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher continue to carry the offense. It’s about time that the Stanley Cup return to Canada.
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