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2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Printable Bracket

By Colin Likas
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) looks on during a stoppage in play against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) looks on during a stoppage in play against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good morning, Chicago Blackhawks fans. We’ve finally reached the start of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as game day for the first clash between the Blackhawks and Blues. Well, we’ve almost reached both of those things. The first game of the postseason sees the puck drop at 6 p.m., with the Detroit Red Wings visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning. The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will follow an hour later before the Blackhawks and Blues get going at 8:30 p.m.

With the postseason here, you can take two viewpoints of it. You can either focus entirely on the Blackhawks, or you can look at other matchups at well. With that second theory in mind, we have FanSided’s printable version of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket.

From FanSided
From FanSided /

Pretty, right? You can print that sucker off at work, write your predictions right on it and pin it up somewhere for eventual bragging rights (in theory). If you’re looking for another way to display your NHL picking prowess, I suggest you visit NHL.com and join the bracket challenge. It’s pretty simple, and you can access it by going to the home page and toggling over the “Playoffs” tab. In the dropdown menu below that is “Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge.”

It’s pretty easy to fill out a bracket and takes little time. You just have to pick the winner of each series, the number of games each first-round series will go and the total goals scored in the Stanley Cup Final. For what it’s worth (and for everyone to laugh at me later), here’s what I went with:

First round

Dallas over Minnesota in 5 games

Chicago over St. Louis in 6 games

Anaheim over Nashville in 5 games

Los Angeles over San Jose in 7 games

Washington over Philadelphia in 5 games

Pittsburgh over New York Rangers in 6 games

Florida over New York Islanders in 7 games

Tampa Bay over Detroit in 6 games

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Conference semifinals

Chicago over Dallas

Anaheim over Los Angeles

Washington over Pittsburgh

Florida over Tampa Bay

Conference finals

Chicago over Anaheim

Washington over Florida

Stanley Cup Final

Washington over Chicago, 32 total goals

It’s crazy in spots, I know. But why not be a little crazy when the playoffs come around? We’re all on the verge of insanity at different points anyway, and anything can happen, as we’ve seen in the past.

We’ll have plenty of content out today to preview the Blackhawks-Blues series and prepare you for the opening game at Scottrade Center. You can catch the contest on NBC Sports Network or CSN Chicago, in addition in WGN 720-AM on the radio. Hope everyone is able to tune in tonight in one way or another to root on the ’Hawks!

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