It’s always a little sad to see the end of the NHL regular season arrive, but the great news is that the end means that we get to head into the excitement of the playoffs. The 2022 version of the Stanley Cup Playoffs began on Monday night and will continue unabated until we crown a champion. There are 8 series across 2 different conferences to keep an eye on. Let’s take a look at all of the Round 1 series as we try to pick who will move on and in how many games so you can bet against the NHL Playoffs Odds.
Betting Predictions for the NHL Playoffs Matches: Round 1 Series
MLB Eastern Conference Betting Predictions
- Carolina Hurricanes in 5 games
Game 1 of the series between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes saw the Hurricanes come away with a dominating 5-1 win on home ice. That closely resembled how things looked in the regular season, with Carolina beating up Boston 5 straight times. This could well be a short series.
- Toronto Maple Leafs in 6 games
It was another blowout in the East in Game 1, with the Toronto Maple Leafs besting the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-0. I’m not so sure it will be that easy for Toronto throughout this series, but I still like them to move on.
- New York Rangers in 6 games
Tuesday night will see the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers get their series started. It was a bit lopsided in the regular season, with the Rangers taking 3 of 4 from their division rivals. I see a low-scoring series here, but only one winner.
- Florida Panthers in 6 games
The final series in the East sees the #1 seeded Florida Panthers open up at home against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. It was 3 very close games between these teams in the regular season, so I don’t expect a quick conclusion here.
MLB Western Conference Betting Predictions
- Minnesota Wild in 7 games
Given that the Wild and Blues both finished with over 100 points and just 4 points apart in the regular season, it was surprising to see St. Louis cruise to a 4-0 win in Game 1. I think we are still on for a very long series here.
- Edmonton Oilers in 7 games
The other series that has seen a game played already has the LA Kings a game up on the Edmonton Oilers after a 4-3 road win in Game 1. This is another series that felt as tough it might take a whole to decide, and I think Game 1 just verifies that.
- Colorado Avalanche in 6 games
The #1 seeded and Stanley Cup favorite Colorado Avalanche will start their playoff series versus the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. The Predators are a team that I don’t think too many wanted to face in Round 1, but I do still like the Avs to prevail and move on.
- Calgary Flames in 5 games
The final opening round series in the Western Conference sees the Calgary Flames start out at home against the Dallas Stars. The Flames have arguably the best top line in hockey and look too good from top to bottom for the Stars.