NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2024 Conference Finals Betting Odds and Insights

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NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals preview and picks

The conference finals are set for the 2024 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs following more exciting hockey action and a Game 7 in Round 2 with the Edmonton Oilers advancing over the Vancouver Canucks. That followed a pair of Game 7's in the opening round series that saw the defending Stanley Cup champions Vegas Golden Knights eliminated by the Dallas Stars. Now the leading online sportsbooks have made Dallas Stars a slight favorite over the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals, and the Florida Panthers a slightly bigger favorite at nearly 3/2 over the Presidents' Cup champions New York Rangers in the East.   

NHL Conference Finals Series Odds

NHL playoff series and daily game odds from BetUS refresh periodically and are subject to change, including on props and live betting

- Florida Panthers (-145) vs. New York Rangers (+125) - Bet Rangers
- Dallas Stars (-130) vs. Edmonton Oilers (+110) 

New York and Dallas have home ice advantage in the 7 game series. 
Game 1 Wed., May 22 - Florida (-115) at New York (-105), Total goals 5.5 - Bet Rangers
Game 1 Thurs., May 23 - Edmonton (+110) at Dallas (-130), Total goals 6 

Will the Rangers and Oilers top lines in the playoffs carry them to the Stanley Cup Finals as small underdogs?

While we cashed in on the Rangers as underdog in the second round series over Carolina, we couldn't quite get there with the Boston Bruins as a bigger 'Dog against Florida. Stanley Cup playoffs odds betting tipsGame-by-game betting allows bettors to make adjusted series odds wagers, which allowed Bruins bettors to benefit after winning Game 1 at Florida if they wanted to lock in a potential profit betting the adjusted series price on Florida. Both the Rangers and Panthers won in 6-games. The Stars also won in 6-games and the Oilers in 7-games over the Canucks. 

We're back on the New York Rangers as underdog to win and advance to the Stanley Cup. If you also prefer the Rangers, then a bonus bet on Chris Kreider  (+1400) to have the most points in the series might be a worthy prop bet. The Rangers to win Game 1 is also in play, and New York is 4-1 at home in the playoffs after an Eastern Conference best 30 home wins during the regular season. 

Team Stats And Notes

The favorites have now won 11 of 12 series during the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs with only the Rangers winning as underdog in the second round. The New York Rangers have a plus-9 goal differential (35-26) in the playoffs despite a minus-6.4 shot differential. New York Rangers Stanley Cup playffosThey're allowing 32.5 shots on goal per game and getting 26.1 in series wins over the Capitals and Hurricanes. New York has netted four short-handed goals in the playoffs, and Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin has been  arguably the best goalie in the playoffs, going 8-2 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. He's continued his strong play since Feb. 9 going 17-5-1 with a 2.20 GAA, .930 save percentage and four shutouts in the closing 23 regular season games. In 38 NHL playoff games, all starts, Shesterkin has 21 wins with a 2.43 GAA and .927 save percentage. 

The Florida Panthers are plus-8.9 differential in shots on goal (33.0-24.1) in the playoffs. Panthers NHL Playoff picksGoalie Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of 11 playoff games, including five in a row and six of the past seven in games against the Bruins and Lightning. He's 8-3 with a 2.37 GAA and .902 save percentage in this year's playoffs. Bobrovsky leads the NHL with 24 playoff wins since 2022, three more than Shesterkin, going 24-15 with a 2.65 GAA, .911 save percentage and one shutout in 40 games (39 starts).

The Edmonton Oilers have had the best power play (35%) and penalty kill (> 90%) in this year's playoffs. In 12 games, Leon Draisaitl has scored 6 of his 8 playoff goals on the power play, Edmonton  Oilers Stanley Cup playoffswhile Connor McDavid has 10 of his 19 assists on the power play (2 playoff goals overall). The Oilers defensive improvement and strengh has seen them allow a playoff low 21 shots on goal per game. Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner has started 10 of 12 playoff games and gone 7-3 with a 2.87 goals against and .881 save percentage as the least impressive of the four goalies remaining in the playoffs. Goalie Calvin Pickard is 1-1 with a 2.21 GAA and .915 save percentage in three games (two starts). 

The Dallas Stars have been the most consistent and perhaps most impressive team in the playoffs Dallas Stars NHL Playoffs pickwhile grinding out a tough 7-game series win over Vegas and then taking out another tough opponent in Colorado in 6 games. The Golden Knights and Avalanche were the two most recent Stanley Cup championsGoalie Jake Oettinger has started all 13 playoff games with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage this postseason. That despite the Stars having the worst penalty kill unit in the playoffs thus far. But Dallas has also taken the fewest penalties in the playoffs. If that discipline and determination continues in the Western Conference Finals, then the Oilers power play strength and scorers will have a tough time lighting the lamp enough to advance to the Stanley Cup. 
Check back for more notes and additional information you can bet on for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

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