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The Light­ning are ready to trans­late their sus­tained reg­u­lar-sea­son dom­i­nance into the post­sea­son. They have one of the NHL’s best of­fen­sive for­wards in Nikita Kucherov, best de­fen­sive for­wards in An­thony Cirelli, best de­fense­men in Vic­tor Hed­man and best goalies in An­drei Vasilevski­y. They’re 159-60-15 in the last three sea­sons for a rea­son.

Mean­while, it would be sur­pris­ing if at least one team from the qual­i­fy­ing round didn’t make a run to the con­fer­ence fi­nals. The Pen­guins are a good bet, al­though David Pas­tr­nak, Tuukka Rask and the Bru­ins will have some­thing to say about it. ✶

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