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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