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Stanley Cup Playoffs conference finals predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for Jets-Golden Knights, Lightning-Capitals

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NHL.com experts have made their predictions for the conference finals and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets are overwhelming favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Of the 14 NHL.com staff members, 12 predicted the Lightning would defeat the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Final and 12 picked the Jets to get past the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final.

Only staff writer Tom Gulitti and fantasy editor Pete Jensen picked the Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights to advance. Gulitti and Jensen, who each went 3-1 in the second round, are tied for first with 10-2 records.

Here are NHL.com's picks for the conference finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

 

Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 8-4
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Tim Campbell, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 8-4
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Brian Compton, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Second-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 8-4
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Nick Cotsonika, NHL.com Columnist

Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 9-3
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Lisa Dillman, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 3-1
Overall record: 8-4
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Tom Gulitti, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 3-1
Overall record: 10-2
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Washington Capitals

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Pete Jensen, NHL.com Fantasy Editor

Second-round record: 3-1
Overall record: 10-2
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Washington Capitals

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Vegas Golden Knights

 

Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 5-7
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Tracey Myers, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 9-3
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Bill Price, NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 8-4
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Shawn Roarke, NHL.com Director of Editorial

Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 5-7
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Dan Rosen, NHL.com Senior Writer

Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 6-6
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Dave Stubbs, NHL.com Columnist

Second-round record: 1-3
Overall record: 8-4
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

 

Mike Zeisberger, NHL.com Staff Writer

First-round record: 2-2
Overall record: 8-4
Eastern Conference Final
TBL vs. WSH: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final
WPG vs. VGK: Winnipeg Jets

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