The Florida Panthers travel to the T-Mobile Arena tonight to take on the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. These teams split the two games against one another in the regular season, with the home team winning each.
We dove into this series and what to expect here.
Fixture: Florida Panthers @ Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Panthers vs. Golden Knights Betting Odds
|Panthers||+1.5 (-240)||+110||Over 5.5 (-120)|
|Golden Knights||-1.5 (+200)||-130||Under 5.5 (+100)|
Odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
Jack Eichel has been leading the offense for the Golden Knights throughout the NHL Playoffs. In 17 games, he has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) and has not scored since Game 5 against the Edmonton Oilers. Florida ranks sixth in the NHL postseason with 2.69 goals allowed per game, and Eichel can take advantage of a loose defense. He scored one goal in their two games against one another in the regular season, so go with Jack Eichel to find the back of the net.
Jack Eichel Anytime Goal (+120)
Panthers vs. Golden Knights Prediction
The Vegas Golden Knights have been better at scoring and defending this postseason, so they should be the favorites. Sergei Bobrovsky and Adin Hill will man the nets for this opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals, and Hill has been the better goalie this playoff run. Expect Florida to come out a little tense with the rest they had going into this series, while Vegas could play a few more games last round. The Golden Knights have won the previous five home games against the Panthers, so put two units on the Vegas Golden Knights to win.