The conference semi-finals are now in full swing and this round is already so much more entertaining from overtime finishes to wild comebacks, looking at you Vancouver! Expect more madness to continue and me here to guide you to making some money in process.


Today I have one sole wager on the Money Line for you to consider including some picks for tomorrow’s action as well to help you stay in the action every single day this postseason! If you agree with the rationale, feel free to tail and enjoy the games!

Now, let's dive into my expert NHL Best Bets today!

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NHL Picks, Predictions & Best Bets Today, 5/9

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers Prediction

With their victory in Game 2 the Rangers really put their stamp on the series but I still feel that the Rangers are in for a fight here as the Hurricanes are one of the most complete teams in the NHL! Leading into Game 3 I am leaning Carolina for a few reasons so let’s break it down.

Just watching the games, you can tell this series is razor thin and that’s reflected by the analytics as the Hurricanes are generating more scoring chances, but the Rangers have been more efficient, especially on the powerplay. 

The Rangers have also had the better goaltending but now the series flips to Carolina, and they are a different beast on home ice in the playoffs. In their last 20 playoff games in front of the home crowd the Canes are 15-5 straight up and knowing they need this one gives me even more confidence in them. 

There will be a goaltending change as well with Pyotr Kochetkov getting the nod who held down a 2.33 GAA during the regular season. The Money Line is a bit chalky though so let’s ride Carolina to get the win tonight in regulation at much better odds.  

Pick: Carolina Hurricanes 60-Minute Money Line (-105 on DraftKings) 


NHL Best Bets & Predictions for Friday 5/10

  • Panthers & Bruins Under 5.5 Goals (-120 on BetMGM)
  • Edmonton Oilers Money Line (-130 on BetMGM)