ESPN Forecast: Finals predictions

Before the skates hit the ice for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, we asked the NHL experts on our ESPN Forecast panel to predict each game.

Our panel sees the Chicago Blackhawks raising another Stanley Cup, their sixth overall, most likely winning in six games. Meanwhile, our voters give the Tampa Bay Lightning better than a one-in-three chance of pulling the upset and taking their second championship.

We also asked about who would win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP, and votes broke down along similar lines. The Blackhawks have three main candidates: Duncan Keith (39 percent likely to win), Patrick Kane (22 percent) and Jonathan Toews (11 percent). The Lightning have two: Tyler Johnson (22 percent) and Steven Stamkos (6 percent).

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