There is nothing like playoff hockey. As an example, take the Florida Panthers. The Cats were blown off in NHL betting circles as the 8-seed going up against the Boston Bruins in the first round. Boston was coming off the greatest regular season in NHL history. Yet, Florida pulled off a stunning 7-game upset for the ages. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars are known as quality teams. Now the VGK and Dallas are in a series that could go the full seven games. Vegas won game 1&2 in overtime at home.
2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Western and Eastern Conference Finals
Panthers Take Two at Carolina
Late on, Florida has covered nine out of their last ten games. While the Panthers have gone under the top online sportsbook total in seven of its previous eight matchups. First among Florida scorers is Matthew Tkachuk, with seven goals, 11 assists, 18 points, and a +12. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has a .931 save percentage and a 2.32 goals-against average. His record is 9-2 with no shutouts.
Florida has NHL rankings of 6th for goals scored and 10th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Panthers rank 21st for goals against and 23rd for penalty killing.
Overall, the Florida Panthers were 42-37-8 straight up and 42-30 over/under the total.
Late on, Carolina has covered five out of their last six games. While the Hurricanes have gone over the Betting on NHL total in four of its previous five matchups. First among Carolina playoff scorers is Sebastian Aho, with five goals, seven assists, 12 points, and a +6. Goaltender Frederik Andersen has a .936 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average. His record is 5-1 with no shutouts. Antti Raanta has a .909 save percentage with a 2.48 goals-against average and no shutouts.
Carolina had NHL rankings of 15th for goals scored and 20th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Hurricanes rank 2nd for goals against and 2nd for penalty killing.
In sum, The Carolina Hurricanes finished 52-21-9 straight up and 35-42-2 over/under the total.
Eastern Conference Final
Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Series Schedule
Game 1 (at CAR): Panthers 3, Hurricanes 2 (4OT)
Game 2 (at CAR): Panthers 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)
Game 3 (at FLA): Mon., May 22: 8 ET (TNT)
Game 4 (at FLA): Wed., May 24: 8 ET (TNT)
Game 5 (at CAR): Fri., May 26: 8 ET (TNT)
Game 6 (at FLA): Sun., May 28: 8 ET (TNT)
Game 7 (at CAR): Tue., May 30: 8 ET (TNT)
Vegas And Dallas Show Potential for Seven
Late on, Vegas has covered seven out of their last nine games. While the Golden Knights have gone under the pro hockey betting total in three of its previous seven matchups. First among Vegas scorers is Jack Eichel, with six goals, eight assists, 14 points, and a +7. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit has a .894 save percentage and a 3.19 goals-against average. His record is 5-2 with no shutouts. However, Brossoit is day-to-day with a lower-body issue. Backup Adin Hill has a .930 save percentage, 2.34 goals against average, and a 4-1 record with 0 shutouts.
Vegas had NHL rankings of 14th for goals scored and 18th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Golden Knights rank 11th for goals against and 19th for penalty killing.
In sum, the Vegas Golden Knights finished 51-22-9 straight up and 35-41-6 over/under the NHL gambling total.
Late on, Dallas has covered three out of their last four games. While the Stars have gone over the hockey betting total in six of its previous seven matchups. First among Dallas scorers is Roope Hintz, with ten goals, 12 assists, 22 points, and a +7. Goaltender Jake Oettinger has a .902 save percentage and 2.83 goals-against average. His record is 8-6 with one shutout.
Dallas had NHL rankings of 7th for goals scored and 5th for power play efficiency. In turn, on defense, the Stars rank 3rd for goals against and 3rd for penalty killing.
To summarize, The Dallas Stars finished 47-21-14 straight up and 33-43-6 over/under the total.
Western Conference Final
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars Series Schedule
Game 1 (at VGK): Golden Knights 4, Stars 3 (OT)
Game 2 (at VGK): Golden Knights 3, Stars 2 (OT)
Game 3 (at DAL): Tue., May 23: 8 ET (ESPN/ESPN+)
Game 4 (at DAL): Thu., May 25: 8 ET (ESPN/ESPN+)
Game 5 (at VGK): Sat., May 27: 8 ET (ABC/ESPN+)
Game 6 (at DAL): Mon., May 29: 8 ET (ESPN/ESPN+)
Game 7 (at VGK): Wed., May 31: 9 ET (ESPN/ESPN+)
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