Experts’ picks for East, West finals


We have reached the convention finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, with no scarcity of star energy in both sequence.

The Jap Convention finals start Wednesday, and have Hart Trophy candidate Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers towards the two-time defending Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Within the Western Convention finals beginning Tuesday, Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and the remainder of the Colorado Avalanche tackle the Edmonton Oilers, who’ve the most popular line in hockey: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane.

It is time for our specialists to go on the file with their predictions on which groups will make it to the Stanley Cup Remaining, which is returning to ABC this season.

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Jap Convention finals

Sean Allen: Lightning in six
Blake Bolden: Lightning in six
Brian Boucher: Lightning in seven
John Buccigross: Lightning in seven
Ryan Callahan: Lightning in seven
Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Lightning in 5
Sachin Chandan: Lightning in seven
Chris Chelios: Lightning
Linda Cohn: Rangers in seven
Rick DiPietro: Lightning in six
Ray Ferraro: Lightning in 5
Leah Hextall: Lightning in six
Emily Kaplan: Lightning in seven
Tim Kavanagh: Lightning in six
Hilary Knight: Lightning in six
Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Rangers in six
Steve Levy: Rangers in seven
Victoria Matiash: Lightning in six
Sean McDonough: Lightning in six
AJ Mleczko: Lightning in six
Dominic Moore: Rangers in six
Arda Öcal: Lightning in six
Kristen Shilton: Lightning in six
John Tortorella: Rangers in seven
Kevin Weekes: Rangers in seven
Bob Wischusen: Lightning in six
Greg Wyshynski: Rangers in seven

Consensus decide: Lightning, 20/27

Western Convention finals

Sean Allen: Avs in six
Blake Bolden: Avs in six
Brian Boucher: Avs in seven
John Buccigross: Avs in seven
Ryan Callahan: Avs in six
Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Avs in six
Sachin Chandan: Avs in 5
Chris Chelios: Avs
Linda Cohn: Avs in seven
Rick DiPietro: Avs in seven
Ray Ferraro: Avs in six
Leah Hextall: Avs in six
Emily Kaplan: Avs in six
Tim Kavanagh: Avs in seven
Hilary Knight: Avs in seven
Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Avs in six
Steve Levy: Avs in six
Victoria Matiash: Avs in seven
Sean McDonough: Avs in seven
AJ Mleczko: Avs in six
Dominic Moore: Avs in six
Arda Öcal: Oilers in six
Kristen Shilton: Avs in seven
John Tortorella: Avs in seven
Kevin Weekes: Oilers in seven
Bob Wischusen: Avs in seven
Greg Wyshynski: Avs in six

Consensus decide: Avalanche, 25/27

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