Stanley Cup 2013: Who Experts Are Picking to Win Bruins vs. Blackhawks Final

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIJune 10, 2013

October 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Kings former player Luc Robitaille holds up the Stanley Cup during a time out in the game between the Southern California Trojans and the Colorado Buffaloes at the Los Angeles Coliseum.  Southern California won 50-6. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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The table is set for the 2013 Stanley Cup finals. In a lockout-induced shortened NHL season, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have earned the chance to compete for the 98th Stanley Cup trophy.

This is familiar territory for both the Bruins and Hawks. However, it was anything but familiar for years, and decades, preceding each franchise’s recent hoisting of the Cup.

Prior to their recent championship in 2011, Boston hadn’t earned the NHL’s top prize since 1972.

For the Blackhawks, it was much, much bleaker. The team went without a title for 49 years before winning the Cup in 2010.

One thing is certain: this Original Six finals series, the first since 1979, is going to be a gritty battle between two of the most storied franchises in the game.

Here’s a look at who the experts are predicting to come out on top of this year’s Stanley Cup finals.


CBS Sports Picks

Here’s a chart depicting each of their picks for this Bruins vs. Blackhawks finals matchup:

Analyst Series Winner Series Games
Brian Stubits Bruins Six
Adem Gretz Blackhawks Six
Chris Peters Blackhawks Six

For what it’s worth, Chris Peters has the most accurate picks to this point, recording a record of 11-3. Adam Gretz is next, picking winners with a 9-5 record. Brian Stubits comes in last place, predicting eight games correct and six incorrect.


ESPN Picks

The following chart breaks down ESPN’s predictions, made by 12 experts and analysts:

Analyst Series Winner Series Games
John Buccigross Blackhawks Seven
Scott Burnside  Bruins Seven
Linda Cohn Bruins Seven
Craig Custance Blackhawks Six
Paul Grant Bruins Seven
Pierre LeBrun Blackhawks Seven
Steve Levy Bruins Six
Joe McDonald Bruins Six
Barry Melrose Bruins Six
James Murphy Bruins Six
Scott Powers Bruins Six
Katie Strang Bruins Seven


FOX Sports Picks

FOX Sports hasn't released an outlet-wide prediction as of Monday at 8 p.m. ET. However, Jon Paul Morosi previewed the series and gave his opinion on who will win.

Analyst Series Winner Series Games
Jon Paul Morosi Bruins Six


Here's a video of Morosi breaking down the finals and his reasoning behind his pick:


St. Louis Blues Broadcasters Picks

Analyst Series Winner Series Games
John Kelly Bruins Six
Darren Pang Bruins Seven
Bernie Federko Blackhawks Seven
Chris Kerber Blackhawks Seven
Kelly Chase Blackhawks Six


Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sam Carchidi changed his opinion multiple times but finally decided on the Bruins due to their stout defense:


Verdict—Boston Bruins 14-8

This series is as close to call as they come, although the overpowering expert opinion currently favors the Bruins to hoist the Cup.

The Bruins are playing great defensive hockey heading into this series. Their biggest question is whether or not they can keep that up against the Patrick Kane-led Hawks offense that is coming to life.

Chicago has the home-ice advantage working in their favor. Will that ultimately decide things if the series reaches a seventh game?

A smart bet would be to pick the Bruins and their deep lines to win in it in six games when all is said and done.