NHL Power Rankings Avalanche Panthers keep proving why they’re Stanley Cup Final favorites

Are we heading for a rematch of the 1996 Stanley Cup Final? With the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche dueling for the Presidents’ Trophy and top overall seed in the 2022 NHL playoffs, we just might get to see it.

The Panthers have now won 10 straight games, and the loss of Aaron Ekblad hasn’t derailed this team so far. That’s what happens when a team has four lines that can put the puck in the back of the net on a regular basis.

In the Western Conference, the Avs are riding a nine-game winning streak of their own, and they have the same type of offensive explosiveness that the Panthers have with a Norris Trophy contender on defense in Cale Makar. It’s hard to see many teams actually pushing Colorado out west, with the exception of the Calgary Flames.

Because of how the NHL postseason works, one of these teams could get knocked out in the first two rounds, and we won’t even come close to getting this matchup in the Stanley Cup Final. Still, it’s fun to think about a seven-game series between these two juggernauts.

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