2019-20 Expert NHL Predictions


What would the start of the NHL season without preseason predictions?

Certainly more boring.

Here’s a look at how the WEEI.com NHL experts predict the divisional races and the chase for the 2020 Stanley Cup will pan out:


Atlantic Division

Matt Kalman: Bruins, Lightning, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Panthers, Sabres, Senators, Red Wings

Ken Laird: Lightning, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Panthers, Canadiens, Sabres, Red Wings, Senators

Scott McLaughlin: Lightning, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Panthers, Canadiens, Sabres, Red Wings, Senators


Metropolitan Division

Matt Kalman: Capitals, Penguins, Islanders, Rangers, Flyers, Hurricanes, Devils, Blue Jackets

Ken Laird: Hurricanes, Capitals, Penguins, Devils, Flyers, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Rangers

Scott McLaughlin: Hurricanes, Penguins, Capitals, Devils, Flyers, Islanders, Rangers, Blue Jackets


Central Division

Matt Kalman: Predators, Avalanche, Blues, Stars, Blackhawks, Jets, Wild

Ken Laird: Blues, Predators, Avalanche, Stars, Wild, Jets Blackhawks, Chicago

Scott McLaughlin: Blues, Predators, Avalanche, Stars, Jets, Blackhawks, Wild


Pacific Division

Matt Kalman: Golden Knights, Sharks, Coyotes, Flames, Canucks, Oilers, Ducks, Kings

Ken Laird: Golden Knights, Flames, Sharks, Oilers, Ducks, Coyotes, Canucks, Kings

Scott McLaughlin:  Golden Knights, Flames, Sharks, Coyotes, Canucks, Ducks, Oilers, Kings


East champs

Dale Arnold: Bruins

Matt Kalman: Penguins

Ken Laird: Lightning

Scott McLaughlin: Lightning


West champs

Dale Arnold: Golden Knights

Matt Kalman: Avalanche

Ken Laird: Predators

Scott McLaughlin: Golden Knights


Stanley Cup champion

Dale Arnold: Boston Bruins

Matt Kalman: Colorado Avalanche

Ken Laird: Tampa Bay Lightning

Scott McLaughlin: Tampa Bay Lightning