These are the predictions of some NHL experts about who they believe will come up triumphant in the playoffs:
Jimmy Hascup Votes for the Panthers
USA Today editor, Jimmy Hascup, believes that the finals will be between the Florida Panthers and the Calgary Flames. He sees the Panthers as a well-rounded team with world-class players such as Aleksander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Sergei Bobrovsky who will take the series in six games. He also predicts that Aleksander Barkov will be awarded the Conn Smythe trophy.
Jace Evans Thinks Tampa Bay Will Keep Their Title
According to Jace Evans, the 2022 NHL Finals will be a remake of the 2004 series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames. He believes the American team will win the Stanley Cup in six games because of its deep squad, talented players, and extensive experience in winning playoff games. He is also willing to bet that Russian winder, Nikita Kucherov, will get the Conn Smythe award.
Mike Brehm Gives the Stanley Cup to Colorado
Mike Brehm is an ice hockey editor who sees the Colorado Avalanche and the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals. This is the third year in a row that Brehm predicts victory for the Avalanche. He believes that the squad has mended its weaknesses from the previous two seasons, which is why he sees the team winning the final series in six games. He also gives the Conn Smythe trophy to Cale Makar.
Only time will tell whether these predictions will come to reality, but they are truly interesting and quite plausible.