2022 Stanley Cup Finals Preview

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3. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 1. Colorado Avalanche

The Lightning are trying to do something that hasn’t been done in the NHL since 1980-83 when the New York Islanders won four straight Stanley Cup titles. Tampa Bay is trying to go for their third consecutive.

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2022 NBA Finals Preview

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2. Boston Celtics vs. 3. Golden State Warriors

For Boston they will attempting to win the franchise’s 18th championship. They haven’t been to the Finals since 2010. This time around, a new generation of stars led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be at the helm. Al Horford will be making his first Finals appearance in his career. Defense has been this teams claim to fame this year with Marcus Smart being named the Defensive Player of the Year. Tatum and Brown though do quite a bit for them offensively and that should continue if the Celtics want to hoist another banner.

Aside from the last two seasons, this will be Golden State’s sixth Finals appearance in the last eight seasons. It probably isn’t a coincidence that they didn’t contend for a championship the last two seasons because Klay Thompson wasn’t available due to multiple injuries. Now that he has returned this year, everything fell into place. It also helps to still have Stephen Curry and Draymond Green around. Not to mention a couple important pieces in Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole. The core has been playing to their capabilities. Will the supporting cast continue playing to theirs against a better defensive opponent?

Players to Watch: F Jayson Tatum and G Stephen Curry

Who Wins: Warriors in 7 games

Stanley Cup Conference Finals Preview

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Eastern Conference

2. New York Rangers vs. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: G Igor Shesterkin and G Andrei Vasilevskiy

Who Wins: Lightning in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Colorado Avalanche vs. 2. Edmonton Oilers

Players to Watch: D Cale Makar and F Connor McDavid

Who Wins: Avalanche in 6 games

Stanley Cup Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Florida Panthers vs. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning

Players to Watch: F Carter Verhaeghe and G Andrei Vasilevskiy

Who Wins: Lightning in 7 games

1. Carolina Hurricanes vs. 2. New York Rangers

Players to Watch: D Jaccob Slavin and G Igor Shesterkin

Who Wins: Hurricanes in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Colorado Avalanche vs. 3. St. Louis Blues

Players to Watch: D Cale Makar and G Jordan Binnington

Who Wins: Avalanche in 6 games

1. Calgary Flames vs. 2. Edmonton Oilers

Players to Watch: F Johnny Gaudreau and F Connor McDavid

Who Wins: Flames in 6 games