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Chicago Blackhawks vs Vegas Golden Knights NHL Playoff Expert Picks and Predictions For First-Round Series

Jason Schandl
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights NHL playoff expert picks and predictions for the first-round series.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights NHL playoff expert picks and predictions for the first-round series. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images

After an exciting round of play-in games, the NHL playoffs are officially here.

Eight teams remain in each conference, and as we saw in the last round, nobody can be counted out at this stage.

Tuesday night brings the first game in the Western Conference series between the No. 1 seed Vegas Golden Knights and No. 8 seed Chicago Blackhawks. Here's what the experts are predicting from the series.

Golden Knights vs Blackhawks Series Picks picks come from their panel of experts, ESPN picks come from their panel of experts, and betting odds come from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Amalie Benjamin: Golden Knights
Tim Campbell: Golden Knights
Brian Compton: Golden Knights
Nick Costonika: Golden Knights
William Douglas: Golden Knights
Tom Gulitti: Golden Knights
Pete Jensen: Golden Knights
Adam Kimelman: Golden Knights
Tracey Myers: Golden Knights
Mike G. Morreale: Golden Knights
Bill Price: Golden Knights
Shawn Roarke: Golden Knights
Dan Rosen: Golden Knights
David Satriano: Golden Knights
Dave Stubbs: Golden Knights
Mike Zeisberger: Golden Knights
Total: Golden Knights 16 | Blackhawks 0

Sean Allen: Golden Knights

Ben Arledge: Golden Knights

Pierre Becquey: Golden Knights

John Buccigross: Golden Knights

Sach Chandan: Golden Knights

Linda Cohn: Golden Knights

Dimitri Filipovic: Golden Knights

Emily Kaplan: Blackhawks

Tim Kavanagh: Blackhawks

Don La Greca: Golden Knights

Vince Masi: Golden Knights

Victoria Matiash: Golden Knights

Barry Melrose: Golden Knights

Arda Ocal: Blackhawks

Greg Wyshynski: Golden Knights
Total: Golden Knights 12 | Blackhawks 3

Vegas Golden Knights: 28
Chicago Blackhawks: 3
Betting Odds: Golden Knights (-320) | Blackhawks (+245)

This one doesn't project to be a very close series, and the picks were nearly unanimous in favor of the Golden Knights. That's not much of a surprise considering the regular season records of the two sides — Vegas finished first in the Pacific Division with 86 points, while Chicago was last in the Central Division with 72 points.

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