What is your Stanley Cup Final series and Conn Smythe predictions?
Henry Yoho: Lightning in 6; Steven Stamkos
This has been a late career renaissance for Stamkos this season. A career high in points in the regular season and career high in playoff goals thorough just three rounds. He put the team on his back in game six against New York in a career defining performance and should be in the Conn Smythe conversation if he continues to produce at this high level.
Noah Wilson: Lightning in 7; Nikita Kucherov
Kucherov has been great this entire postseason and whenever there’s a big goal for the Lightning, Kucherov always seems to be the player setting up the play. If he plays this way in the finals, setting everyone up and collecting points like hockey cards, there’s no doubt in my mind he’s seen as the MVP.
Stephen Parrino: Lightning in 6; Steven Stamkos
The Avalanche are the favorites here, but experience still counts for something, and the Lightning have been in championship form since Game 7 in Toronto, with the only hiccups occurring in the first two games in New York after a long rest period.
There’s no other way for me to describe Stamkos this postseason other than special. He’s already scored more goals these playoffs than he has in any other and he only needs four more points to make this his highest scoring playoffs. If we are to threepeat, I think the captain is going to have to be our best player and put multiple pucks in the back of Colorado’s net.