- Down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, the Panthers desperately need a win against the Golden Knights on Thursday, June 8th
- Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed eight goals in less than five periods of action this series
- Find the Golden Knights vs Panthers odds for Game 3, plus our best bet and predictions below
Did the clock strike midnight on Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers? Through two games of the Stanley Cup Final, it certainly appears that way, with Vegas dominating Game 2 en route to a 2-0 series advantage. Game 3 goes down in Florida on Thursday, June 8th with puck drop scheduled for 8:00 pm ET.
The Panthers kept pace in Game 1, but their physicality may have gotten the best of them in a second game that never was really close as the Golden Knights coasted their way to a 7-2 win. You can watch the crucial third game of this series on TNT, TruTV, CBC and Sportsnet.
If the Panthers can’t manage a win on Thursday, then it’s almost a guarantee Vegas will be the last team standing in the NHL Playoff Bracket. Below, you can find the Golden Knights vs Panthers odds for Game 3, as well as our best bet and picks.
Golden Knights vs Panthers Game 3 Odds
|Game Time (ET)||Team||Puck Line||Total||Moneyline|
|Thursday, June 8th||Vegas Golden Knights||+1.5 (-250)||O 6 (-110)||+100|
|8:00 pm||Florida Panthers||-1.5 (+210)||U 6 (-110)||-120|
For only the second time this entire postseason, the Panthers are favorites, with -120 moneyline odds to take Game 3 and actually make a series of this final.
After going under the betting line in eight straight games, the Panthers have now gone above the total in three consecutive contests. The total for Game 3 is set at six goals, a number that Vegas surpassed on their own in their last meeting, when they chased Sergei Bobrovsky from goal.
Odds as of June 7th at Bet365. Claim a Bet365 bonus code to bet on the NHL Stanley Cup Final.
Vegas Depth Too Much To Handle
While Florida may have the more high-end superstars up front in Matthew Tkachuk and Aleksander Barkov, the Golden Knights are showing that they have no problem rolling out any of their four lines or three defense pairs at any moment. That’s an advantage that’s proven immeasurable in these playoffs and this series.
Five players amongst the top 11 in postseason scoring come from this Vegas squad and when this Stanley Cup Final is all said and done, it’s likely the top 10 will be dominated by players from Sin City.
Golden Knights' balanced scoring key against Panthers in Cup Finalhttps://t.co/A8KmsOuq0R
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) June 7, 2023
Jack Eichel leads the way in points with 22, and displayed his toughness and leadership coming back for the third period in the previous contest after taking a huge hit from Tkachuk in the middle frame.
When it comes to putting the puck in the net, Jonathan Marchessault is the main talisman with 12, and if he keeps up his red-hot pace, he’ll end up as the leader in goals these playoffs, as he needs just two more to leapfrog Leon Draisaitl.
Can Bobrovsky Bounce Back?
Following two rounds where he singlehandedly seemed to be winning games, Florida’s netminder has come back down to Earth with a resounding thud.
Sergei Bobrovsky Stanley Cup Final Stats
Through the first three rounds, “Bob” has 19.7 goals saved above expected, basically stealing a goal and a half away from opponents in every game he played. Simply phenomenal numbers. In the Stanley Cup Final though, his goals saved above expected comes in at -2.4 as he seems to have lost his mojo.
All the blame can’t be put on his shoulders though. While the Panthers have used their aggressiveness and rough play to bury past opponents, that edge seems to have gotten the better of them against the Golden Knights.
Vegas has outscored Florida 12-4 through two games. FLA has 9 misconducts & 4 goals. Here's the updated misconduct list:
— Knights On Ice (@knightsonice) June 6, 2023
It would be wise for the Panthers to avoid the sin bin as much as possible. The Golden Knights are 9-0 this postseason when scoring a power play goal. Down two games, Florida’s Stanley Cup odds have lengthened from +105 to +425, and without a win in Game 3, there is likely no coming back.
Golden Knights vs Panthers Game 3 Prediction
So far, the NHL public betting trends are showing a 50-50 split on bets as to who will win Game 3, but Vegas is receiving 68% of the moneyline handle. More aggressively, the public is loving the over with only 2% of the bets picking the game to have under six goals.
In the first round against the record-setting Bruins, the Panthers proved resilient, coming back from a three games to one deficit to win that series, so you can understand why they’ve been given chalk status in the NHL odds back at home for this one.
They might be able to steal one, but Vegas blew them out of the water and took the wind out of their sails last game. With Bobrovsky’s confidence shaken, our prediction is that the Golden Knights push the Cats to the brink of elimination.
Pick: Vegas Golden Knights Moneyline (+100); Over 6 Goals (-110)
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