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Who goes to the Stanley Cup Final? Picks for Rangers-Lightning, Avalanche-Oilers

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We’ve reached the conference finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, with no shortage of star power in either series.

The Eastern Conference finals begin Wednesday, and feature Hart Trophy candidate Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers against the two-time defending Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. In the Western Conference finals starting Tuesday, Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and the rest of the Colorado Avalanche take on the Edmonton Oilers, who have the hottest line in hockey: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane.

It’s time for our experts to go on the record with their predictions on which teams will make it to the Stanley Cup Final, which is returning to ABC this season.

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Eastern Conference finals

New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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 five


Sachin Chandan: Lightning in seven


Chris Chelios: Lightning


Linda Cohn: Rangers in seven


Rick DiPietro: Lightning in six


Ray Ferraro: Lightning in five


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 pick: Lightning, 20/27


Western Conference finals

Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers

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 five


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 pick: Avalanche, 25/27

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