The 2023 Stanley Cup Final’s pivotal match will see the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Florida Panthers on an upcoming Saturday night. The Knights aim to seize a dominating 3-1 series lead before returning to Vegas, following the Panthers’ vital 3-2 victory in an overtime Game 3. The Panthers have an impressive record of seven overtime victories in the 2023 NHL playoffs.
The match’s opening faceoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET at the FLA Live Arena. The latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook make Vegas the -120 favorite (stake $120 to win $100) in the Golden Knights vs. Panthers matchup. Meanwhile, the over/under for total goals scored stands at 5.5. It’s advisable to consult the NHL predictions and betting guidance from the SportsLine Projection Model before placing any bets on the Panthers vs. Golden Knights.
The model runs simulations for every NHL game 10,000 times, using factors such as current form, individual matchups, injuries, and short- and long-term trends to inform its NHL picks. It works to find the best values on the money line, puck line, and total.
Presently, the model is focusing on the Golden Knights vs. Panthers showdown and has finalized its picks and predictions for the Stanley Cup Final. SportsLine is the go-to place for the model’s picks. Here are the NHL odds and trends for Panthers vs. Golden Knights according to Caesars Sportsbook:
- Golden Knights vs. Panthers money line: Florida +100, Vegas -120
- Golden Knights vs. Panthers over/under: 5.5 goals
- Golden Knights vs. Panthers puck line: Vegas +1.5 (-285)
- FLA: The Panthers have an 8-1 record in their last nine games when resting for one day
- VGK: The Golden Knights are 6-1 in their last seven games against the Eastern Conference
- For Golden Knights vs. Panthers picks, please visit SportsLine
Florida Panthers vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Why the Golden Knights can cover
Mark Stone, Vegas’ right-wing, is a powerful two-way attacker. Stone’s swift hands and active stick make him skilled at creating takeaways. With eight goals and 11 assists in the playoffs, the 31-year-old is third in total points (19) on the team. He has scored a goal in two of his last three games, including one goal and one assist in his latest match.
As a facilitator, center Chandler Stephenson is most influential. He employs his impressive speed and agility to provide opportunities for his teammates. The 29-year-old also proves his worth around the goal and ranks fourth in team points (17) this postseason with eight goals and nine assists. In Game 3, Stephenson chalked up two assists. To see which team to select, click here.
Why the Panthers can cover
Center Sam Bennett’s versatility allows him to occupy various positions on the ice. Bennett brings high energy to both offense and defense, capable of creating offense for himself and maintaining a good vision. During the postseason, Bennett has achieved 13 total points with four goals and nine assists. In Game 3, he managed two hits, an assist, and three shots on goal.
Center Aleksander Barkov is a well-rounded player for the Panthers. Barkov