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Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers NHL Stanley Cup Final Betting Tips - Panthers experience get them the Game 1 win

Last updated: 07 Jun 2024
Jeremy Darke 07 Jun 2024
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  • Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers predictions
  • Panthers aim to leverage their experience in Game 1.
  • Key players: Carter Verhaeghe (9 playoff goals) and Sergei Bobrovsky (.908 save percentage).
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Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers 2024 Stanley Cup Final Betting Tips

Florida start as $1.71 favourites to lift the Cup and rightfully so. They were here last year and they have returned with vengeance, which is why they get the edge in Game 1 at Amerant Bank Arena. 

The Oilers are going to prove to be a problem in this series and if the Panthers don’t stay out of the penalty box they could find themselves in trouble as the series goes on. Although, the first game is all about experience and nerves and the Panthers will keep their cool and have a strong focus on shutting down the Oilers top-line, which is easier said than done. 

Florida will look to get their offence off to a quick start and unsettle Stuart Skinner in goal. The Panthers scored 10 goals in two games against the Oilers this season and Carter Verhaeghe scored three of them. Verhaeghe leads the Panthers with 9 goals in the playoffs and will make it 10 on Sunday. 

  • Florida won both games against Edmonton this season. 
  • Edmonton have the highest-ranked special teams, converting 37.3% on the power play and have a 93.9% penalty kill.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky has a goals against average of 2.20 in the playoffs.
  • Carter Verhaeghe scored 3 goals in two games against Edmonton this season.

Head to Head 

2023-24 Match Results
Dec 16, 2023: Florida 5-1 Edmonton
Nov 20, 2023: Edmonton 3-5 FloridA

2022-23 Season Series
Edmonton won the series 2-0.

Edmonton Oilers Form

Edmonton’s road to the Cup has been a long and challenging one, getting through the Kings in 5, the Canucks in 7 and Dallas in 6.  

The Oilers have been carried heavily by their first line, Connor McDavid (5G + 26A), Leon Draisaitl (10G + 18A) and Zach Hyman (14G + 4A) and even by the offensive input of Evan Bouchard (6G + 21A) who have led Edmonton all season long. The Oilers have been getting some outside production from other lines but the large turning cog is their first formation.

Stuart Skinner 11-5 in the playoffs with a 2.50 GAA and a .897 save percentage. Skinner’s below .900 save percentage is not great heading into the final, however, he had his best series against the Stars averaging 1.91 goals against and a more impressive .922 save percentage. The Oilers are going to need a repeat performance of those numbers against Florida who have gotten through some of the toughest goaltenders in the league on the way to the final.

Edmonton Oilers Team News

No injuries to report.

Florida Panthers Form

The Panthers have gone through three tough teams to get to the Stanley Cup Finals, beating Tampa Bay in 4, Boston in 6 and the Rangers in 6. The impressive part is that Andrei Vasilevskiy, Jeremy Swayman and Igor Shesterkin are three of the top goaltenders in the league and have averaged 3.24 goals per game against them. 

Florida are coming in with the disappointment of last season’s Cup Final loss but bare that experience with them. They have shown their maturity throughout the whole playoffs dropping just 5 games by putting their defence forefront of their structure allowing just 2.29 goals against per game.

Sergei Bobrovsky has played every game for the Panthers and has stepped up to the challenge with a save percentage of .908 facing 415 shots in these playoffs. 

Florida Panthers Team News

No injuries to report.


Florida will use their experience to get the Game 1 victory with Carter Verhaeghe scoring a goal.
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