It’s Conference Finals time in the NHL, with four teams still in the hunt for the 2023 Stanley Cup
Four teams are left in the NHL Playoffs, with the Conference Finals next up on the schedule.
The Eastern Finals has a surprise contender in the Florida Panthers, while the Western Finals sees a proper crunch tie between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Stars.
Here are the best series bets for the Eastern and Western Finals in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.
EASTERN FINALS: CAROLINA HURRICANES (1) vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS (WC2)
While the Carolina Hurricanes were expected to reach this game, their opposition in the form of the Florida Panthers is a complete surprise.
The Panthers have performed admirably to get this far, beating the record-breaking Boston Bruins in seven games before dismantling the Toronto Maple Leafs with a surprise level of ease last time out, winning the series 4-1.
However, the Hurricanes have cruised into the Eastern Finals, winning their first two series over the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils within six and five games respectively.
With Carolina holding home advantage in the first two games, they could well get this series wrapped up quickly, with their -1.5 Series Handicap holding some value here.
TIP: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 Series Handicap (+125, FanDuel)
WESTERN FINALS: VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (1) vs. DALLAS STARS (2)
A huge crunch tie lies in wait in the Western Finals, with the Pacific Division winners Vegas Golden Knights taking on Central Division runner-ups, the Dallas Stars.
Vegas have progressed through the bracket with significant ease, beating the Winnepeg Jets in five games before overcoming the Edmonton Oilers in six games.
Dallas have battled their way through the first two rounds, beating the Minnesota Wild in six games before going the distance with the Seattle Kraken, beating them in Game 7 to book their place in the Western Finals.
That will likely happen once again here, with both teams carrying the right level of experience and talent to make this an even matchup.
This battle will go the length, with a game seven decider likely to happen here. The odds of +195 for seven games looks a respectable bet here.