(12) Chicago Blackhawks vs (5) Edmonton Oilers
This matchup features darkhorse teams that I can see making some noise if they make it to the 16-team field. Both teams have plenty of superstar players that can put their respective team on their back and go on a run.
Starting with the Oilers, they have two of the best players in the league with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl that will undoubtedly get their fair share of the highlight reel.
But you can’t overlook the Blackhawks in this matchup. They have a superstar of their own in Patrick Kane, while also having plenty of veterans who have ample amounts of playoff experience.
I’m looking forward to this play-in series more so than any other in the first round. Whichever one of these teams advance is a team I’ll have circled as one that’s going to make some noise.
I’ll stick with the Oilers to win this series in exciting fashion, and I also have the Oilers representing the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.