Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:51 AM

Season Consensus Predictions

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The 2021 NHL season begins this week and we asked our stable of handicappers to provide their fearless predictions on who will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, plus they offered up their division winner opinions.

The league realigned for this season with four new divisions, East, North, Central, and West with no conferences. Teams will only play other squads within their division for a 56-game schedule and the top four clubs in each division qualify for the playoffs.

The first two rounds of the playoffs will see teams within their divisions playing each other until they get down to one. The four remaining teams from each division will be reseeded by regular season point totals to meet in the Stanley Cup Semifinal.

The two teams to survive that round wil meet for the Stanley Cup Final, which could be two teams that wouldn't normally meet for the crown in a season with normal alignment.

Here are the new division breakdowns for this season:

East Division

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • New Jersey Devils
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

North Division

  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Winnipeg Jets

Central Division

  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Dallas Stars
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Florida Panthers
  • Nashville Predators
  • Tampa Bay Lightning

West Division

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Minnesota Wild
  • St. Louis Blues
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Vegas Golden Knights

Be sure to check out their daily pro hockey winners all season long on VegasInsider.com!

VegasInsider.com NHL Season Predictions
Handicapper East Division North Division Central Division West Division Stanley Cup Winner
Alex Smart N.Y. Islanders Toronto Maple Leafs Dallas Stars Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche
ASA Washington Capitals Vancouver Canucks Dallas Stars Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche
Ben Burns Philadelphia Flyers Edmonton Oilers Carolina Hurricanes Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche
Bill Marzano Philadelphia Flyers Toronto Maple Leafs Tampa Bay Lightning Colorado Avalanche Tampa Bay Lightning
Bruce Marshall Washington Capitals Vancouver Canucks Tampa Bay Lightning Colorado Avalanche Tampa Bay Lightning
Gary Bart Philadelphia Flyers Vancouver Canucks Tampa Bay Lightning Colorado Avalanche Philadelphia Flyers
Jim Feist Philadelphia Flyers Toronto Maple Leafs Tampa Bay Lightning Vegas Golden Knights Tampa Bay Lightning
Joe Williams Philadelphia Flyers Toronto Maple Leafs Tampa Bay Lightning Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche
Kevin Rogers Boston Bruins Edmonton Oilers Tampa Bay Lightning Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights
MIT Simulator Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs Tampa Bay Lightning Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights
Scott Rickenbach Philadelphia Flyers Toronto Maple Leafs Carolina Hurricanes Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche
Stephen Nover Philadelphia Flyers Toronto Maple Leafs Colorado Avalanche Tampa Bay Lightning Colorado Avalanche

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