2022 Stanley Cup playoff picks: Every first-round series, plus Cup champion, Conn Smythe Trophy

ByESPN staff via ESPN logo
Monday, May 2, 2022

The NHL's 32 teams have completed their 82-game schedules, and now 16 of them have a chance to take home the most glorious trophy in all of sports.

Yes, the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us. And this year, they're back on the networks of ESPN and ABC, including every game on Monday through Wednesday this week to open the tournament.

But it's also time for ESPN's hockey experts to serve up their picks on every first-round series, along with their calls on which team will skate with the Cup this June and which player will earn the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.

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Stanley Cup champ

Conn Smythe

Atlantic Division

No. 1 Florida Panthers vs. No. 4 Washington Capitals

Sean Allen: Panthers in five

Blake Bolden: Panthers in five

Brian Boucher: Panthers in five

John Buccigross: Capitals in seven

Ryan Callahan: Panthers

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Panthers in six

Sachin Chandan: Panthers in four

Chris Chelios: Panthers in six

Linda Cohn: Panthers in six

Rick DiPietro: Panthers

Ray Ferraro: Panthers in six

Leah Hextall: Panthers in six

Emily Kaplan: Panthers in seven

Tim Kavanagh: Panthers in five

Hilary Knight: Panthers in seven

Don La Greca: Panthers in five

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Panthers in six

Steve Levy: Panthers in five

Victoria Matiash: Panthers in five

Sean McDonough: Panthers in five

Barry Melrose: Panthers in six

Mark Messier: Panthers in six

AJ Mleczko: Panthers in six

Dominic Moore: Panthers in seven

Arda cal: Panthers in four

Kristen Shilton: Panthers in six

John Tortorella: Capitals in seven

Kevin Weekes: Panthers in five

Bob Wischusen: Panthers in six

Greg Wyshynski: Panthers in five

Consensus pick: Panthers, 28/30

No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

Sean Allen: Lightning in seven

Blake Bolden: Lightning in six

Brian Boucher:Lightning in seven

John Buccigross: Maple Leafs in seven

Ryan Callahan: Lightning

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Lightning in seven

Sachin Chandan: Lightning in seven

Chris Chelios:Lightning in six

Linda Cohn: Lightning in seven

Rick DiPietro: Lightning

Ray Ferraro: Lightning in six

Leah Hextall: Lightning in six

Emily Kaplan: Lightning in six

Tim Kavanagh: Lightning in six

Hilary Knight: Lightning in six

Don La Greca: Maple Leafs in six

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Maple Leafs in seven

Steve Levy: Lightning in seven

Victoria Matiash: Lightning in seven

Sean McDonough: Lightning in six

Barry Melrose:Lightning in seven

Mark Messier: Lightning in seven

AJ Mleczko: Lightning in seven

Dominic Moore: Lightning in seven

Arda cal: Maple Leafs in seven

Kristen Shilton: Maple Leafs in six

John Tortorella: Lightning in six

Kevin Weekes: Lightning in six

Bob Wischusen: Maple Leafs in six

Greg Wyshynski: Maple Leafs in six

Consensus pick: Lightning, 23/30

Metropolitan Division

No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Boston Bruins

Sean Allen: Bruins in six

Blake Bolden: Canes in seven

Brian Boucher: Canes in six

John Buccigross: Bruins in seven

Ryan Callahan: Bruins

Cassie Campbell-Pascall:Bruins in six

Sachin Chandan: Canes in five

Chris Chelios: Bruins in six

Linda Cohn: Canes in six

Rick DiPietro: Bruins

Ray Ferraro: Canes in seven

Leah Hextall: Bruins in seven

Emily Kaplan: Canes in seven

Tim Kavanagh: Bruins in six

Hilary Knight: Canes in seven

Don La Greca: Canes in six

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Canes in six

Steve Levy: Bruins in seven

Victoria Matiash: Canes in six

Sean McDonough: Canes in seven

Barry Melrose: Canes in six

Mark Messier: Canes in six

AJ Mleczko: Canes in six

Dominic Moore: Bruins in six

Arda cal: Bruins in seven

Kristen Shilton: Canes in five

John Tortorella: Canes in seven

Kevin Weekes: Canes in six

Bob Wischusen: Canes in seven

Greg Wyshynski: Bruins in seven

Consensus pick:Canes, 18/30

No. 2 New York Rangers vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins

Sean Allen: Rangers in six

Blake Bolden: Rangers in six

Brian Boucher: Rangers in six

John Buccigross: Rangers in five

Ryan Callahan: Rangers

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Penguins in six

Sachin Chandan: Rangers in six

Chris Chelios: Rangers in six

Linda Cohn: Rangers in seven

Rick DiPietro: Rangers

Ray Ferraro: Rangers in six

Leah Hextall:Penguins in six

Emily Kaplan: Rangers in seven

Tim Kavanagh: Rangers in five

Hilary Knight: Rangers in five

Don La Greca: Rangers in six

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Penguins in seven

Steve Levy: Rangers in six

Victoria Matiash: Rangers in six

Sean McDonough: Rangers in six

Barry Melrose: Penguins in seven

Mark Messier: Rangers in seven

AJ Mleczko: Rangers in five

Dominic Moore: Rangers in five

Arda cal: Rangers in six

Kristen Shilton: Rangers in seven

John Tortorella: Penguins in six

Kevin Weekes: Rangers in six

Bob Wischusen: Rangers in seven

Greg Wyshynski: Penguins in six

Consensus pick: Rangers, 24/30

Central Division

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 4 Nashville Predators

Sean Allen: Avs in four

Blake Bolden: Avs in five

Brian Boucher: Avs in five

John Buccigross: Avs in seven

Ryan Callahan: Avs

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Avs in six

Sachin Chandan: Avs in four

Chris Chelios: Avs in five

Linda Cohn: Avs in six

Rick DiPietro: Avs

Ray Ferraro: Avs in five

Leah Hextall: Avs in five

Emily Kaplan: Avs in five

Tim Kavanagh: Avs in six

Hilary Knight: Avs in six

Don La Greca: Avs in five

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Avs in five

Steve Levy: Avs in five

Victoria Matiash: Avs in five

Sean McDonough: Avs in five

Barry Melrose: Avs in five

Mark Messier: Avs in six

AJ Mleczko: Avs in five

Dominic Moore: Predators in seven

Arda cal: Avs in five

Kristen Shilton: Avs in five

John Tortorella: Avs in six

Kevin Weekes: Avs in six

Bob Wischusen: Avs in five

Greg Wyshynski: Avs in five

Consensus pick: Avs, 29/30

No. 2 Minnesota Wild vs. No. 3 St. Louis Blues

Sean Allen: Blues in six

Blake Bolden: Wild in seven

Brian Boucher: Wild in seven

John Buccigross: Wild in seven

Ryan Callahan: Blues

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Wild in seven

Sachin Chandan: Blues in six

Chris Chelios: Blues in seven

Linda Cohn: Wild in seven

Rick DiPietro: Wild

Ray Ferraro: Wild in seven

Leah Hextall: Wild in seven

Emily Kaplan: Blues in seven

Tim Kavanagh: Blues in six

Hilary Knight: Wild in five

Don La Greca: Blues in seven

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Blues in seven

Steve Levy: Wild in seven

Victoria Matiash: Wild in seven

Sean McDonough: Blues in seven

Barry Melrose: Blues in seven

Mark Messier: Blues in seven

AJ Mleczko: Wild in seven

Dominic Moore: Blues in seven

Arda cal: Wild in six

Kristen Shilton: Wild in seven

John Tortorella: Wild in seven

Kevin Weekes: Wild in seven

Bob Wischusen: Wild in seven

Greg Wyshynski: Wild in six

Consensus pick: Wild, 18/30

Pacific Division

No. 1 Calgary Flames vs. No. 4 Dallas Stars

Sean Allen: Flames in six

Blake Bolden: Flames in six

Brian Boucher: Flames in four

John Buccigross: Flames in seven

Ryan Callahan: Flames

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Flames in six

Sachin Chandan: Flames in five

Chris Chelios: Flames in five

Linda Cohn: Flames in five

Rick DiPietro: Flames

Ray Ferraro:Flames in five

Leah Hextall: Flames in five

Emily Kaplan: Flames in six

Tim Kavanagh: Flames in four

Hilary Knight: Flames in five

Don La Greca: Flames in six

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Flames in five

Steve Levy: Flames in five

Victoria Matiash: Flames in six

Sean McDonough: Flames in five

Barry Melrose: Flames in five

Mark Messier: Flames in six

AJ Mleczko: Flames in five

Dominic Moore: Flames in five

Arda cal: Flames in five

Kristen Shilton: Flames in five

John Tortorella: Flames in five

Kevin Weekes: Flames in six

Bob Wischusen: Flames in six

Greg Wyshynski: Flames in four

Consensus pick: Flames, 30/30

No. 2 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Kings

Sean Allen: Oilers in five

Blake Bolden: Kings in seven

Brian Boucher: Kings in seven

John Buccigross: Oilers in seven

Ryan Callahan: Oilers

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Oilers in six

Sachin Chandan: Oilers in seven

Chris Chelios: Oilers in five

Linda Cohn: Oilers in six

Rick DiPietro: Kings

Ray Ferraro: Oilers in seven

Leah Hextall: Oilers in six

Emily Kaplan: Oilers in six

Tim Kavanagh: Oilers in seven

Hilary Knight: Oilers in six

Don La Greca: Oilers in five

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Oilers in six

Steve Levy: Oilers in seven

Victoria Matiash: Kings in six

Sean McDonough: Oilers in five

Barry Melrose:Oilers in five

Mark Messier: Oilers in six

AJ Mleczko: Kings in six

Dominic Moore: Oilers in six

Arda cal: Oilers in six

Kristen Shilton: Kings in seven

John Tortorella: Kings in seven

Kevin Weekes: Oilers in six

Bob Wischusen: Oilers in seven

Greg Wyshynski: Oilers in six

Consensus pick: Oilers, 23/30

Stanley Cup champ

Sean Allen: Panthers

Blake Bolden: Flames

Brian Boucher: Canes

John Buccigross: Wild

Ryan Callahan: Flames

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Lightning

Sachin Chandan: Panthers

Linda Cohn: Avs

Rick DiPietro: Flames

Ray Ferraro: Avs

Leah Hextall: Lightning

Emily Kaplan: Avs

Tim Kavanagh: Blues

Hilary Knight: Avs

Don La Greca: Canes

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Avs

Steve Levy: Rangers

Victoria Matiash: Panthers

Sean McDonough: Flames

Barry Melrose: Lightning

Mark Messier: Lightning

AJ Mleczko: Avs

Dominic Moore: Blues

Arda cal: Maple Leafs

Kristen Shilton: Flames

John Tortorella: Canes

Kevin Weekes: Flames

Bob Wischusen: Avs

Greg Wyshynski: Panthers

Totals:Avs (7), Flames (6), Panthers (4), Lightning (4), Canes (3), Blues (2), Wild (1), Rangers (1), Maple Leafs (1)

Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP)

Sean Allen: Aleksander Barkov

Blake Bolden: Matthew Tkachuk

Brian Boucher:Sebastian Aho

John Buccigross:Kirill Kaprizov

Ryan Callahan: Jacob Markstrom

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Brayden Point

Sachin Chandan: Jonathan Huberdeau

Linda Cohn: Nathan MacKinnon

Rick DiPietro: Matthew Tkachuk

Ray Ferraro: Cale Makar

Leah Hextall: Andrei Vasilevskiy

Emily Kaplan: Cale Makar

Tim Kavanagh: Robert Thomas

Hilary Knight: Nathan MacKinnon

Don La Greca: Sebastian Aho

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Cale Makar

Steve Levy: Igor Shesterkin

Victoria Matiash: Jonathan Huberdeau

Sean McDonough: Johnny Gaudreau

Barry Melrose: Victor Hedman

Mark Messier: Andrei Vasilevskiy

AJ Mleczko: Darcy Kuemper

Dominic Moore: Ville Husso

Arda cal: Auston Matthews

Kristen Shilton: Elias Lindholm

Kevin Weekes: Matthew Tkachuk

Bob Wischusen: Nathan MacKinnon

Greg Wyshynski: Aleksander Barkov

Totals:Tkachuk (3), Makar (3), MacKinnon (3), Barkov (2), Huberdeau (2), Aho (2), Vasilevskiy (2), Kaprizov (1), Markstrom (1), Thomas (1), Shesterkin (1), Gaudreau (1), Hedman (1), Kuemper (1), Husso (1), Matthews (1), Lindholm (1)

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