At betstamp, transparency is very important to us. With each NHL free pick article on this website, the author will have a link to their betstamp profile page, so that you can see their full betting history before you decide whether or not you want to tail their plays.

NHL Picks: June1

By Mitchell Blair

Who had the Rangers and Lightning in the Eastern Conference final? Believe it or not I did, but I had New York beating Boston in the second round and not Carolina. Let’s just say the goaltending problems I thought the Hurricanes would have came one series too late for me. While we will see goals galore  in the Oilers-Avalanche series. I think goals will be at a premium in this series with arguably the best two goalies in the NHL facing one another. Igor Shesterkin has regained his Vezina-worthy form. He was terrible in the first four games of the Pittsburgh series, but he has bounced back and is a big reason why the Rangers are where they are. We all know what Andrei Vasilevskiy can do. The matchups in this series are great. Fox vs Hedman, Zibenajad vs Stamkos, Kreider vs Kucherov and of course the goaltending matchup.

Tampa showed us in the second round that they are not going to hand over the Stanley Cup without a fight. This Rangers team while talented may not quite be to that championship level yet, but they are close.  Do they have what it takes to knock off the two-time champs. I don’t think they do at this time, but if they do it will likely be because Shesterkin outperforms Vasilevskiy and that will not be easy, particularly at this time of year.  

A nine-day rest after sweeping Florida will mean Tampa will have to shake off some rink rust while the Rangers just keep on going after their hard-fought seven game win over the Hurricanes. I am not sure how Game 1 will play itself out, but I do know there shouldn’t be many goals. The over/under scares me in the playoffs because of empty-netters and coaches pulling their goalies with a little more time on the clock than what we would normally see. I see a lot of 3-2 or 4-2 games in this series and that might be too generous considering the two goaltenders. With that being said, I am taking the Lightning to win the series seeing New York won’t be facing guys like Louis Domingue, Casey DeSmith, Antti Raanta and Pyotr Kochetkov. While I like Tampa to win what I think should be a long series, I am going to roll the dice and throw my money down on the Rangers to take Game 1 in what will be a low-scoring affair simply because I think a nine-day break means the Lightning won't be on the top of their game. 

PICK: New York Rangers at +122 on Sports Interaction

One of betstamp’s largest brand values is transparency. Whether you are looking to tail or fade my picks, or potentially just like reading the breakdowns, you can find my full documented betting record here. Best of luck with your bets today.

To learn more about wagering on the NHL...

Tips and strategies to become a more successful MLB bettor.

The easiest way to go bust is to mismanage your bankroll. Avoid the pitfalls by learning about bankroll management strategies.

Prop bets are now one of the most common bet types amongst MLB bettors. Find out why they are so popular and how to bet them.

Have you ever wondered why lines move? It's not as simple as you would think. Knowledge of how betting markets work can help you become a more successful bettor.

It's the single easiest way to gain an edge in the NHL. Find out more about how to become price sensitive and shop for the best lines.

You've heard it before: Fade the public. The thing is... this is actually not a winning long-term strategy. Find out why.