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2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round predictions

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round predictions

The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to predictions made by NHL.com staff writers and editors.

The Avalanche, who are the top seed in the Western Conference, were picked by seven of 16 staffers to win it all. The Flames, the second seed in the West, were picked by four staffers.

The only other team to be picked by more than one staffer was the Florida Panthers, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, which got two picks.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, as did the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs each received one pick. 

As for the Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon got four picks while Colorado defenseman Cale Makar got three picks.

Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom got two picks, while Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk got one pick.

The others to get votes for the Conn Smythe were forwards Jonathan Huberdeau of the Panthers (two), Sebastian Aho of the Hurricanes, and Mitchell Marner of the Maple Leafs, and defenseman Victor Hedman of the Lightning.

Here is how the 16 NHL.com staffers picked:

Amalie Benjamin, staff writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Toronto Maple Leafs

CAR vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Los Angeles Kings

Stanley Cup Final: Flames over Panthers

Conn Smythe Trophy: Johnny Gaudreau, Flames

Tim Campbell, staff writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Toronto Maple Leafs

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche 

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames 

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche over Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy: Cale Makar, Avalanche

Brian Compton, managing editorEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Flames over Lightning

Conn Smythe Trophy: Matthew Tkachuk, Flames

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnistEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Flames over Panthers

Conn Smythe Trophy: Jacob Markstrom, Flames

William Douglas, staff writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TBL vs. TOR: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Los Angeles Kings

Stanley Cup Final: Panthers over Avalanche

Conn Smythe Trophy: Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers

Tom Gulitti, staff writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers 

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche 

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames 

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Hurricanes over Flames 

Conn Smythe Trophy: Sebastian Aho, Hurricanes

Pete Jensen, director, senior fantasy editorEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche over Lightning

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche

Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editorEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Lightning over Avalanche

Conn Smythe Trophy: Victor Hedman, Lightning

Mike G. Morreale, staff writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche over Lightning

Conn Smythe Trophy: Cale Makar, Avalanche

Tracey Myers, staff writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Los Angeles Kings

Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche over Panthers

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche

Bill Price, VP, Editor-in-ChiefEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Toronto Maple Leafs

CAR vs. BOS: Boston Bruins 

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche 

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild 

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames 

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Maple Leafs over Flames

Conn Smythe Trophy: Mitchell Marner, Maple Leafs

Shawn P. Roarke, senior director of editorialEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Boston Bruins

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Los Angeles Kings

Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche over Lightning

Conn Smythe Trophy: Cale Makar, Avalanche

Dan Rosen, senior writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Washington Capitals

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Flames over Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy: Jacob Markstrom, Flames

David Satriano, staff writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: Minnesota Wild

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames  

EDM vs. LAK: Los Angeles Kings

Stanley Cup Final: Panthers over Flames

Conn Smythe Trophy: Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers

Dave Stubbs, columnistEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: New York Rangers  

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames  

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche over Panthers

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche

Mike Zeisberger, staff writerEastern Conference First Round

FLA vs. WSH: Florida Panthers

TOR vs. TBL: Tampa Bay Lightning

CAR vs. BOS: Carolina Hurricanes

NYR vs. PIT: Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference First Round

COL vs. NSH: Colorado Avalanche 

MIN vs. STL: St. Louis Blues 

CGY vs. DAL: Calgary Flames 

EDM vs. LAK: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Final: Avalanche over Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche

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