The 2021 season has brought plenty of surprises so far. We’ve reached the final four clubs. Beginning today, the New York Islanders will open their best of seven series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Vegas Golden Knights will begin their best of seven series against the Montréal Canadiens. The winners of each series will face each other for the Stanley Cup.
Our panel of Copper and Blue contributors have released their surefire picks for both series.
Here’s what they look like:
|Islanders / Lightning||Golden Knights / Canadiens|
|Preston||Islanders in 6||Golden Knights in 5|
|Czechboy||Lightning in 7||Golden Knights in 5|
|Shona||Islanders in 7||Golden Knights in 5|
|Jeff||Islanders in 7||Canadiens in 7|
Some thoughts from the panel:
Preston: I have the Isles going in 6...they look like a team on a mission and I’ll never bet against our boy Jordan Eberle
I like to pick underdogs but I can’t in the Vegas/Montreal series. I have the Knights moving on to the final after 5 games. They’re a helluva team from top to bottom and beating the Avalanche is an indicator of how good they truly are.
Czechboy: Habs will get swept. Not because they suck. Not because they are poor. I feel they earned the North crown. The North is and was a very weak division. Las Vegas is not a grit team. They are an elite monster with strength in every position. LV in 5. Bolts are the best team in hockey. So deep and 18 million over the cap (sign Hamilton).haha. They are even deeper in every position. Stamkos and Kucherov are in the same level as Drai. Vasilevsky is a vezina contender. Hedman is a Norris contender. This is how far the Oil are from being a semifinalist. Having said that... The isles are beautifully coached and are the Finland if the final 4. Bolts in 7.
Shona: Isles — 7 games — only because I want Eberle to do well. Knights — 5 games — the Avs were way better than the Habs and the Knights beat the Avs
Jeff: I just want to party like it’s 1993 again. The Islanders and Canadiens have both been Cinderella stories so far this playoff year, and I’m not ready for it all to end. Tampa and Vegas are both super talents on paper, but all you need to do is get into the playoffs and variance rules the day. Let’s see the Islanders and Canadiens in the Cup. Just for fun. Oh, and Jordan Eberle. Let’s see Jordan Eberle in the Cup finals.
The Golden Knights are heavy favourites. The Lightning are favourites on paper, but the panel wants chaos. How do you see these two series playing out?
Poll it up.
2021 Stanley Cup Semis: Who wins Islanders / Lightning?
This poll is closed
Lightning in 4
Lightning in 5
Lightning in 6
Lightning in 7
Islanders in 4
Islanders in 5
Islanders in 6
Islanders in 7
2021 Stanley Cup Semis: Who wins Golden Knights / Canadiens?
This poll is closed
Vegas in 4
Vegas in 5
Vegas in 6
Vegas in 7
Habs in 4
Habs in 5
Habs in 6
Habs in 7