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Picking the Most Entertaining NHL Playoff Bracket | Silky N’ Filthy Podcast

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Pittsburgh Penguins v Vancouver Canucks
Quinn Hughes had a phenomenal rookie season. Can he take that momentum to push the Canucks deep into the playoffs?
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Let’s be serious for a second, because episode of Silky N’ Filthy was way too much damn fun.

We all watch hockey to be entertained. So, with that in mind, why not envision the most entertaining scenarios for the NHL playoffs.

That’s what Kyle and I did on the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy. You know, on the show with the West Cost Bias, that the Canucks are going on a deep playoff run.

So come live in fantasy land with us for an episode, because the Canucks are going to know off teams like the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights, for entertainment purposes.

As a side note, we know that the seeding of the top four teams is likely to change. Again, this exercise was completed for entertainment purposes.

We also discussed some ideas on the podcast for making those games interesting between the top four teams in each Conference.

With that out of the way, what would be your most entertaining playoff bracket? Would you agree with our selections? Here’s a preview of what we picked for the Round Robin.

Western Conference

Winnipeg (#9) def. Calgary (#8) to face St. Louis (#1)

We want to see the rematch of the 2019 Quarterfinals. Here’s betting a fired up Jets team gives the Blues all they can handle.

Edmonton (#5) def. Chicago (#12) to face Dallas (#4)

Can you imagine the pandemonium in Edmonton if Chicago pulled off the upset. We think this has the potential to be one of the most exciting series of Round One. For entertainment purposes though, we narrowly picked Edmonton, just because it would be a shame for the league to have Connor McDavid out of the playoffs once again.

Vancouver (#7) def. Minnesota (#10) to face Colorado (#2)

Even though there’s a bit of a divisional and playoff rivalry between Minnesota and Colorado, a Vancouver loss means we’d be robbed of the Quinn Hughes vs. Cale Makar showdown. Not to mention, Elias Pettersson vs. Nathan MacKinnon is an enticing match-up as well.

We’re biased, of course, but there’s no doubt that the Canucks and Avs would play a more entertaining and wide open series compared to the defensively-stifling Wild.

Nashville (#6) def. Arizona (#11) to face Vegas (#3)

While there’s an argument to me made for manufacturing a desert-team rivalry between Arizona and Vegas, the truth is that the Coyotes just aren’t a very exciting hockey team. Dark horse Nashville has a better chance of putting on a show and putting up a fight against Vegas.

Carolina Hurricanes v New York Rangers
Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers dominated the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Still, with the type of hockey both teams play, they could put on the best show of the Round Robin.
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Eastern Conference

Toronto (#8) def. Columbus (#9) to face Boston (#1)

Let’s preface by saying that, as discussed on the show, Toronto doesn’t match-up great against Columbus. With a healthy Blue Jackets squad that really knows how to shut teams down, they certainly have a chance of beating the Leafs.

Would that be more entertaining for the league though? I mean, we love a little Maple Leaf misery here at Nucks Misconduct, but a Toronto vs. Boston series hasn’t let us down in the past. We wouldn’t say no to watching them duke it out again.

Pittsburgh (#5) def. Montreal (#12) to face Philadelphia (#4)

Although a Montreal upset would be entertaining in its own right, it’s probably not quite as good as another battle of Pennsylvania showdown.

Florida (#10) def. New York Islanders (#7) to face Tampa Bay (#2)

In one of the least-enticing match-ups of the Round Robin, give us the Panthers and their more entertaining brand of hockey to battle against the State “rivals” in Tampa.

New York Rangers (#11) def. Carolina (#6) to face Washington (#2)

In my personal favourite match-up of the Round Robin, it was toughest to pick the winner for a more entertaining match-up against the Capitals. While it was tempting to go with the Hurricanes, Capitals series of a year ago, we decided to have two of the league’s best wingers, Artemi Panarin and Alex Ovechkin, duke it out in Round One.

In net, it would also be interesting to watch the battle of two star Russian rookie netminders in Igor Sheshterkin (NYR) and Ilya Samsonov (WSH).

Want to know how the rest of our bracket shakes down? Catch the latest episode of the Silky N’ Filthy podcast by scrolling below, by clicking here, or by looking up “Nucks Misconduct” wherever you listen to podcasts.