Stanley Cup playoffs 2024: Picks for NHL conference finals

ByESPN staff ESPN logo
Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs field is down to four teams. The New York Rangers will take on the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference finals, with Game 1 slated for Wednesday night (8 ET, ESPN/ESPN+).

Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars square off against the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference finals, with Game 1 on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT).

Who will win each series, taking the next step toward the Cup?Our ESPN hockey experts make their predictions.

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M1 New YorkRangersvs.

A1 FloridaPanthers

Sean Allen: Panthers in six

Blake Bolden: Panthers in six

John Buccigross: Panthers in seven

Ryan Callahan: Rangers in seven

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Panthers in seven

Sachin Chandan: Rangers in seven

Ryan S. Clark: Panthers in seven

Linda Cohn: Rangers in seven

Ray Ferraro: Rangers in seven

Emily Kaplan: Rangers in seven

Tim Kavanagh: Rangers in seven

Hilary Knight: Rangers in seven

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Panthers in seven

Steve Levy: Rangers in seven

Vince Masi: Panthers in seven

Victoria Matiash:Panthers in seven

Sean McDonough: Rangers in seven

Mark Messier: Rangers in seven

AJ Mleczko: Panthers in seven

Mike Monaco: Panthers in six

Arda Öcal: Rangers in six

Kristen Shilton: Panthers in seven

P.K. Subban: Rangers in seven

Bob Wischusen: Rangers in seven

Greg Wyshynski: Panthers in six

Consensus pick: Rangers (13 out of 25 picks)


C1 DallasStarsvs.

P2 EdmontonOilers

Sean Allen: Stars in six

John Buccigross: Stars in seven

Ryan Callahan: Stars in six

Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Stars in six

Sachin Chandan: Stars in six

Ryan S. Clark: Stars in seven

Linda Cohn: Stars in six

Ray Ferraro: Stars in six

Emily Kaplan: Stars in seven

Tim Kavanagh: Stars in six

Hilary Knight: Stars in six

Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Stars in six

Steve Levy: Stars in six

Vince Masi: Oilers in seven

Victoria Matiash: Stars in six

Sean McDonough: Stars in six

Mark Messier: Oilers in seven

AJ Mleczko: Stars in seven

Mike Monaco: Stars in seven

Arda Öcal: Oilers in six

Kristen Shilton: Stars in six

P.K. Subban: Stars in six

Bob Wischusen: Oilers in seven

Greg Wyshynski: Oilers in six

Consensus pick: Stars (19 of 24 picks)

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