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Your Qualifying Round Picks

note- post will remain at the top of KK until Saturday morning.

The qualifying round is best of 5 with the winner of each matchup advancing to the next round where all series will be best of 7 games.

Extra credit if you include the number of games it will take to win each series.

Qualifying round starts August 1st.

Eastern Conference, all games in Toronto

(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers

(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers

(8) Toronto Maple Leafs (9) Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference, all games in Edmonton

(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes

(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild

(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets

via the NHL PR department,

The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers™ featuring the 16 teams that are contesting best-of-five series to determine the eight teams advancing to the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, commonly referred to as the Qualifying Round, will begin Saturday, Aug. 1. Each best-of-five series features one set of back-to-back games, occurring between Games 2 and 3, Games 3 and 4, or Games 4 and 5 (if necessary).

KK not participating in this since ther teams are already in the playoffs- The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers™ featuring the top four teams from each conference to determine seeding in the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, commonly referred to as the Round Robin, will begin Sunday, Aug. 2, with two games – one in each hub city.

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(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens - Pens in 4, Canadiens get Lafreniere

(6) Carolina Hurricanes
vs. (11) New York Rangers - Hurricanes in 5

(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers - Islanders in 3

(8) Toronto Maple Leafs (9) Columbus Blue Jackets - CBJ n 4

(5) Edmonton Oilers
vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks - EDM in 3

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes - Predators in 4

(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild - WIld in 5

(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets - Jets in 4

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 07/30/20 at 03:11 PM ET

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These series are so hard to pick because you just can’t tell which teams will be able to get off to good starts after the long layoff. I sure as hell wouldn’t bet money on these.

Pittsburgh Penguins over Montreal Canadiens in 3

New York Rangers over Carolina Hurricanes in 5

New York Islanders over Florida Panthers in 4

Toronto Maple Leafs over Columbus Blue Jackets in 5

Chicago Blackhawks over Edmonton Oilers in 5

Nashville Predators over Arizona Coyotes in 4

Minnesota Wild over Vancouver Canucks in 5

Winnipeg Jets over Calgary Flames in 4

Posted by evileye on 07/30/20 at 03:25 PM ET

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(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens - Pens in 4

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers - Rangers in 4

(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers - Islanders in 5

(8) Toronto Maple Leafs (9) Columbus Blue Jackets - Leafs in 5

(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks - Oilers in 5

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes - Preds in 3

(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild - Vancouver in 4

(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets - Jets in 5

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/30/20 at 05:03 PM ET

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Eastern Conference, all games in Toronto
(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens - PIT (3)
(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers - CAR (4)
(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers - FLA (5)
(8) Toronto Maple Leafs (9) Columbus Blue Jackets - CLB (4)

Western Conference, all games in Edmonton
(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks - EDM (4)
(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes - ARI (5)
(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild - MIN (5)
(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets - WIN (4)

Just WAGs per usual for me.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 07/31/20 at 12:04 AM ET

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Pens over Habs (4 games)
Car.  over NYR   (5 games)
NYI.  over Fla.  (4 games)
CBJ.  over Tor.  (5 games)


EDM.  over Chi.  (4 games)
Nash. over Arz.  (3 games)
Van.  over Min.  (4 games)
Win.  over Cal.  (3 games)

For extra credit:  Arizona wins the lottery mad

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/31/20 at 12:16 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Jesus.  It will be Arizona, won’t it?

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 08/01/20 at 01:31 AM ET

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Pit in 3
Rangers in 4
Panthers in 5
Leafs in 4

Oilers in 3
Nash in 3
Van in 4
Cal in 5

Hawks win the lottery because I hate them.

Chances are good they call the season by 3rd week of Aug due to an outbreak.
I hope not but if MLB is any indication…

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 08/01/20 at 03:22 AM ET

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Eastern Conference, all games in Toronto

(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens Pens in 4

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers Canes in 5

(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers NYI in 3

(8) Toronto Maple Leafs (9) Columbus Blue Jackets Leafs in 4

Western Conference, all games in Edmonton

(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks Oilers in 4

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes Preds in 4

(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild Nucks in 5

(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets Jets in 4

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/01/20 at 06:03 AM ET

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Pens in 5
Canes in 4
Isles in 4
Jackets in 5

Oilers in 5
Arizona in 4
Vancouver in 5
Jets in 3

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 08/01/20 at 08:26 AM ET

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Canadiens in 4
Hurricanes in 5
Panthers in 5
Blue Jackets in 4

Oilers in 5
Predators in 4
Wild in 5
Jets in 4

Posted by Puckbubba on 08/01/20 at 10:14 AM ET

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Exceedingly low confidence in these picks but I’ll roll with these:

Pens in 4
Rangers in 5
Isles in 5
Leafs in 5

Oilers in 4
Preds in 5
Wild in 4
Jets in 4

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/01/20 at 11:03 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Montreal in 5

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 08/01/20 at 07:56 PM ET

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(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens - Pens in 4, Canadiens get Lafreniere

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 07/30/20 at 03:11 PM ET

Duuuude…

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/02/20 at 01:59 AM ET

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Duuuude…

It’s my closest home market. I need a reason to cross the border, assuming that I’m allowed.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 08/02/20 at 11:37 PM ET

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