2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Picks

I’m not real confident in some of these. That’s due to the balance that exists. There are some very evenly matched teams. Those series can go either way.

Expect a lot of brackets to be busted.


Eastern Conference

First Round

Panthers over Caps in 5

Maple Leafs over Lightning in 7

Hurricanes over Bruins in 6

Rangers over Pens in 6

Second Round

Panthers over Leafs in 6

Hurricanes over Rangers in 7

Conference Final

Panthers over Hurricanes in 6

Western Conference

First Round

Avalanche over Predators in 6

Wild over Blues in 7

Flames over Stars in 5

Oilers over Kings in 6

Second Round

Avalanche over Wild in 7

Flames over Oilers in 6

Conference Final

Flames over Avalanche in 6


Panthers over Flames in 7

Conn Smythe Winner: Aleksander Barkov

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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