Title: Betting: NHL Conference Semifinal Picks

Minty Bets gives her series picks for the Conference Semifinal round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Video Transcript

MINTY BETS: It's time for the Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals. I'm Minty Bets, and I'm here to give you my favorite futures for each series in round two, starting with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. This is the battle to see which hockey team is the best one in Florida. I believe these two teams are pretty evenly matched. The Panthers and the Lightning rank fifth and sixth in expected goals for. Both Bobrovsky and Vasilevskiy have struggled a bit in the postseason, but I expect a good bounce back from both. This will be a hard-fought game, so I'm expecting this series to end in seven games.

Next up, the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado has had St. Louis' number, going 7 and 3 straight up in the regular season, dating back to 2021. I'm actually pretty surprised how well the Blues did against Minnesota, but Colorado is the much more powerful team. I expect St. Louis to fight hard, which is why I think they'll win a couple of games. But ultimately, I like Colorado to win in six.

Next up, the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes. This is truly a battle between veteran goaltender and second-year goaltender, and I am here for it. The Rangers offense is doing the absolute most with Kreider, Zibanejad, Copp, and Fox. I actually like the Rangers to win this series at plus 165.

Last but not least, we've got the Battle of Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. This one is the toughest matchup in the semifinals to me. On one side, we've got Edmonton with top goal-scorers in Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, and Evander Kane and some inconsistencies in goaltending with Mike Smith. On the other side, we've got the Flames, who aren't offensively impressive, but they've got one of the best goaltenders in the league in Jacob Markstrom. Ultimately, I like the offensive edge with Edmonton, so I'll take the Oilers to win this series.

To recap my picks, in the Eastern Conference, I've got the Rangers to win and the Panthers-Lightning to reach game 7. In the Western Conference, I've got the Avs in six and the Oilers to win. Bet $10 and win $200 in free bets by signing up at BetMGM.com/yahooVIP. New customers only. Must be 21 and older. Terms apply.