Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/4/13
The trade deadline has passed and the shortened NHL season is closing in on its last few weeks. With that in mind, The Instigators gave fans their picks for the respective Eastern and Western Conference champions. Although many may view Jack Edwards as a “homah,” Jack likes the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the East and the darkhorse Minnesota Wild out of the West. Jack likes the Penguins to knock off the Wild in his Stanley Cup Final. Andy Brickley and Billy Jaffe believe in (or at least hope for) a Boston and Chicago final. Brickley cites Sidney Crosby‘s injury and Pittsburgh’s questionable goaltending as the reasons why he thinks the Bruins will prevail in the East. He might not be sure about who will win a Chicago/Boston final, but he thinks “it’s going seven.” Barry Pederson also likes the Bruins to come out of the East. However, he cites the versatility of the Ducks as the best fit to win the West. Both Boston and Anaheim posses solid goaltending and Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller has been successful all season.  Check out the video above to see all The Instigators had to say about the Stanley Cup playoffs looming ahead.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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