Stanley Cup Playoffs: One reason why each team can win it all

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We are down to the final eight teams left in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here is one reason why each team can win it all.

The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are far from normal but they have been highly entertaining with upsets and fascinating storylines.

We are now down to the final eight teams so I decided to write about one reason why each team has the ability to win it all.

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning

Reason: Ridiculous depth

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are the deepest team in the playoffs right now. They have four solid lines and their third defensive pairing is Mikhail Sergavhev and Kevin Shattenkirk. This team has such a variety of players and that allows them to be very adaptable and win in all kinds of ways.

They can beat you in a one-goal game or they can simply outscore you. This was evident through their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets and has been a part of their rebrand since the sweep in 2019.

Boston Bruins

Reason: Resilience

The Boston Bruins have a winner’s DNA. They thrive when they are counted out and are constantly proving to the league that they are the real deal. When Tuukka Rask opted out of the bubble, Jaroslav Halak stepped up and won the next three games.

This has been the story of the Bruins throughout the season as they have seen their players step up to the challenge every time someone else went down with an injury. Mental toughness and resilience are so crucial in the playoffs and the Bruins have a ton of it in the locker room.

New York Islanders

Reason: Barry Trotz

Barry Trotz’s defensive systems have been magic in the playoffs. The New York Islanders do not have any glaring advantages on paper but their team systems make Semyon Varlamov‘s life very easy. In the playoffs, they have allowed just 1.67 goals per game and have allowed just 4 goals in the third period.

Once this team gets a lead, the game is over. Of all the teams left in the postseason, the Islanders have blocked the most shots (169) and allow the second-least amount of shots a game (25.2). Defensive hockey is a recipe for success in the playoffs and Trotz’s team has looked very sharp.

Philadelphia Flyers

Reason: Carter Hart

Hockey is a team game but the goaltender can make or break your team. Carter Hart has been absolutely incredible for the Philadelphia Flyers, including back-to-back shutouts in the series against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Flyers have had their issues on the powerplay, getting key contributions from star players, but they have managed to win because they have one of the best goaltenders in the league playing behind them. As long as Hart continues to play this way, the Flyers are a very dangerous team.