Who will win the Stanley Cup Final? Our experts' picks

The 2024 Stanley Cup Final is upon us, with Game 1 on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN+). From a field of 16 teams to start the postseason, the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers have emerged as the two final combatants.

For the Oilers, a Cup win would be the franchise’s sixth, but the first since 1990 and the first for any Canadian team since 1993. As for the Panthers, a win would be a franchise first.

Who will win? Our ESPN hockey experts make their predictions.

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Sean Allen: Panthers in 6
John Buccigross: Oilers in 7
Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Panthers in 6
Sachin Chandan: Panthers in 6
Ryan S. Clark: Oilers in 7
Linda Cohn: Panthers in 7
Ray Ferraro: Panthers in 6
Emily Kaplan: Panthers in 7
Tim Kavanagh: Oilers in 6
Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Panthers in 6
Steve Levy: Panthers in 7
Vince Masi: Oilers in 6
Victoria Matiash: Panthers in 6
Sean McDonough: Panthers in 7
Mark Messier: Oilers in 7
AJ Mleczko: Panthers in 7
Mike Monaco: Oilers in 7
Arda Öcal: Oilers in 7
Kristen Shilton: Panthers in 6
Bob Wischusen: Panthers in 7
Greg Wyshynski: Oilers in 6

Consensus: Panthers (13 of 21 picks)

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