Buffalo News’ staff predictions for 2021 NHL season

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Buffalo Sabres players Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel sit on a the bench during an intrasquad scrimmage at KeyBank Center on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. 

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Mike Harrington ,  Lance Lysowski

Here is a look at Mike Harrington’s and Lance Lysowski’s predictions for the 2021 NHL season, starting with which teams will make the playoffs.

Mike’s picks

East: Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, New York Islanders.

North: Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver.

Central: Tampa Bay, Carolina, Dallas, Columbus.

West: Vegas, Colorado, St. Louis, Minnesota.

Stanley Cup Final:  Colorado over Philadelphia

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Hart: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado

Norris: Seth Jones, Columbus

Vezina: Carter Hart, Philadelphia

Calder: Alexis Lafreniere, New York Rangers

Jack Adams: Peter DeBoer, Vegas

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Sabres in East: 7th

Sabres record: 23-27-6

Lance’s picks

East: Philadelphia, Boston, New York Islanders, Washington.

North: Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary.

West: Colorado, Vegas, St. Louis, Arizona. 

Central: Tampa Bay, Carolina, Dallas, Columbus.

Stanley Cup: Vegas over Philadelphia

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Hart: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado

Norris: Roman Josi, Nashville

Vezina: Carter Hart, Philadelphia

Calder: Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota

Jack Adams: Jared Bednar, Colorado

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Sabres in East: 6th

Sabres record: 26-24-6

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