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Look ahead to Conference Finals; recap of Second Round

by NHL.com Staff @NHL / NHL.com

And then there were four.

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs entering the conference finals, 21 NHL.com and NHL Network experts have weighed in on their selections on which teams will emerge triumphant and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Sixteen experts picked the Pittsburgh Penguins to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, which begins with Game 1 on Friday at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Thirteen experts selected the St. Louis Blues to win against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final. Game 1 is Sunday at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The two experts with the best performances through the first two rounds of the playoffs are NHL.com Director-Editorial Shawn Roarke and LNH.com Senior Writer Robert Laflamme, who each correctly forecasted 10 of the 12 first- and second-round series. NHL.com Columnist Nick Cotsonika and NHL.com Staff Writers Mike Morreale and David Satriano each picked nine of 12 series correctly.

Here are the experts' picks for the conference finals and their totals through the first two rounds:

 

Kevin Weekes, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 4-0

Overall: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning 

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Scott Stevens, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

Video: Blues dominate Stars, move on to Conference Finals

 

Brian Boucher, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 4-0

Overall: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

Brian Lawton, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 6-6

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Dave Reid, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall: 5-7

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

Mike Rupp, NHL Network Analyst

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 Video: SAP Round 3 Infographics Series Preview: TBL PIT

 

Dan Rosen, NHL.com Senior Writer

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

Bill Price, NHL.com Editor in Chief

Second-round record: 1-3

Overall: 6-6

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning 

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Shawn Roarke, NHL.com Director - Editorial

Second-round record: 4-0

Overall: 10-2

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Nick Cotsonika, NHL.com Columnist

Second-round record: 4-0

Overall: 9-3

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

Tom Gulitti, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall: 5-7

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Mike Morreale, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 9-3

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

Brian Compton, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Second-round record: 4-0

Overall: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

Adam Kimelman, NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

David Satriano, NHL.com Staff Writer

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 9-3

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

Pete Jensen, NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Second-round record: 2-2

Overall: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

Video: Preview of the Eastern Conference Final

 

Dave Stubbs, NHL.com Columnist

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 7-5

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

Arpon Basu, LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

Second-round record: 4-0

Overall: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: San Jose Sharks

 

 

Robert Laflamme, LNH.com Senior Writer

Second-round record: 4-0

Overall: 10-2

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

 

Matt Cubeta, NHL.com Director - International

Second-round record: 3-1

Overall: 8-4

 

Eastern Conference Final

PIT vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Final

STL vs. SJS: St. Louis Blues

 

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