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Expert picks for Lightning-Avalanche, Conn Smythe Trophy

Expert picks for Lightning-Avalanche, Conn Smythe Trophy

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  • ESPN staff

It’s all come down to this in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: The Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning are poised to square off for the sport’s ultimate prize.

Will it be a three-peat for the Lightning? Or the first Cup in over 20 years for the Avs? Our ESPN hockey experts are here to make their picks for the Cup victors as well as which player will take home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

More: Cup final preview


Schedule | Most pivotal players

Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Sean Allen: Lightning in six


Blake Bolden: Avs in six


Brian Boucher: Lightning in six


John Buccigross: Lightning in six


Ryan Callahan: Lightning in six


Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Lightning in seven


Sachin Chandan: Lightning in six


Linda Cohn: Avs in seven


Rick DiPietro: Lightning in six


Ray Ferraro: Avs in seven


Leah Hextall: Lightning in seven


Emily Kaplan: Avs in seven


Tim Kavanagh: Lightning in six


Hilary Knight: Avs in six


Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Avs in seven


Steve Levy: Lightning in seven


Victoria Matiash: Avs in seven


Sean McDonough: Lightning in six


Mark Messier: Lightning in seven


AJ Mleczko: Avs in seven


Dominic Moore: Lightning in six


Arda Öcal: Avs in six


Kristen Shilton: Avs in seven


Kevin Weekes: Lightning in six


Bob Wischusen: Avs in six


Greg Wyshynski: Avs in six

Consensus pick: Lightning, 14/26

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Barry Melrose praises this Lightning team and puts the pressure on the Avalanche to take home the Stanley Cup.


Conn Smythe Trophy winner

Sean Allen: Steven Stamkos


Blake Bolden: Cale Makar


Brian Boucher: Andrei Vasilevskiy


John Buccigross: Steven Stamkos


Ryan Callahan: Steven Stamkos


Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Andrei Vasilevskiy


Sachin Chandan: Steven Stamkos


Linda Cohn: Nathan MacKinnon


Rick DiPietro: Andrei Vasilevskiy


Ray Ferraro: Cale Makar


Leah Hextall: Andrei Vasilevskiy


Emily Kaplan: Cale Makar


Tim Kavanagh: Nikita Kucherov


Hilary Knight: Cale Makar


Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Cale Makar


Steve Levy: Steven Stamkos


Victoria Matiash: Cale Makar


Sean McDonough: Andrei Vasilevskiy


Mark Messier: Andrei Vasilevskiy


AJ Mleczko: Cale Makar


Dominic Moore: Anthony Cirelli


Arda Öcal: Cale Makar


Kristen Shilton: Cale Makar


Kevin Weekes: Andrei Vasilevskiy


Bob Wischusen: Nathan MacKinnon


Greg Wyshynski: Cale Makar

Totals: Cale Makar (10), Andrei Vasilevskiy (7), Steven Stamkos (5), Nathan MacKinnon (2), Nikita Kucherov (1), Anthony Cirelli (1)

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