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Puck Daddy’s conference championship staff prognostications

The Montreal Canadiens face the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks battle the Los Angeles Kings for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.

Your friends at Puck Daddy have made their picks. Feel free to ridicule and disagree.

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Greg Wyshynski, Editor

Both the Canadiens and Rangers have something special going for them, but I feel like it’s going to be difficult for Montreal to match the emotions they had vs. Boston. It’ll go seven, and the Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist, so …

The Blackhawks’ balanced attack will prove too much for the Kings, and Corey Crawford will match Jonathan Quick. And they’ll avoid Game 7.

Sean Leahy, Editor

We, as hockey fans, shouldn't want the P.K. Subban train to stop after Round 3. The most electrifying player in these playoffs not named Patrick Kane is on a mission with these Habs. It also helps Carey Price is playing lights out and Dale Weise is changing his name to Dale LaFleur these days. 

I fully expect the Kings to continue their streakiness by dropping the first two games against Chicago before Jonathan Quick once again turns into Conn Smythe Jonathan Quick and helps backstop LA to a second Cup Final in three seasons.

Harrison Mooney, Editor

The Rangers and Canadiens seem pretty even to me, but there's one area where Montreal has the edge: P.K. Subbans. The Canadiens have one. The Rangers have zero. He's a difference-maker, and I suspect he'll make all the difference. It's probably foolish to bet against the Kings, especially after they bailed themselves out of two consecutive series in a row. But I'm doing it. I see them wearing down, and the Blackhawks are too quick to chase around while tired.

Jen Neale, Editor

Montreal in seven … So what if the entire weight of a nation is on the team? The Bell Centre will work to their advantage and then they'll lose to the Western Conference team in the SCF.

Chicago in seven … Two seven game series will weigh on the Kings physically. If LA can't find consistent scoring, and Quick falters just slightly, Chicago will take control.

Ryan Lambert, Columnist

The Habs are playing a little better than the Rangers these days and if you can't score on Marc-Andre Fleury you probably can't do it against Carey Price.

Chicago and Los Angeles should probably be the Cup Final because these are the two best teams in the league anyway, but given the scads of scoring depth the Blackhawks possess, you have to like them a little bit more.

Nick Cotsonika, Yahoo Hockey Columnist

The Habs have home ice, P.K. Subban and Carey Price, and Henrik Lundqvist can’t win every Game 7. The Hawks beat the beaten-up Kings in the conference final last year; the Kings are coming off two seven-game series.

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