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Opening Oilers vs Panthers Odds, Stanley Cup Final Schedule & Prediction

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

Updated Jun 4, 2024 · 1:24 PM PDT

Dec 16, 2023; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) tries to screen Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the first period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Florida Panthers face the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final
  • Opening Oilers vs Panthers odds favor the Cats to hoist Lord Stanley
  • Read below for Oilers vs Panthers odds, Stanley Cup Final schedule and early prediction

It’s the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers in the 2024 Stanley Cup Final. The East vs West NHL matchup was finalized on Sunday night after Edmonton eliminated the Dallas Stars in six games.

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas wasted no time releasing Oilers vs Panthers odds for the Cup Final. The early betting markets favor the team from Sunrise to triumph over the team from Northern Alberta.

We’ve made our early Oilers vs Panthers prediction, plus breakdown the odds and schedule for the Stanley Cup Final.

Oilers vs Panthers Odds – Stanley Cup Final

Team Moneyline
Edmonton Oilers +105
Florida Panthers -125

Florida is priced at -125 on the moneyline in the Stanley Cup odds, meaning they have a 55.6% implied probability to hoist Lord Stanley.

 

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Stanley Cup Final Schedule

The 2024 Stanley Cup Final will begin Saturday, June 8. Game 1 will be played in Florida at Amerant Bank Arena. Here is a look at the entire Stanley Cup Final schedule:

2024 Stanley Cup Final

Date Game Location Start Time (ET) Broadcast Networks
Saturday, June 8 Edmonton at Florida Amerant Bank Arena 8pm ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Monday, June 10 Edmonton at Florida Amerant Bank Arena 8pm ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Thursday, June 13 Florida at Edmonton Rogers Place 8pm ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Saturday, June 15 Florida at Edmonton Rogers Place 8pm ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Tuesday, June 18 Edmonton at Florida Amerant Bank Arena 8pm ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Friday, June 21 Florida at Edmonton Rogers Place 8pm ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Monday, June 24 Edmonton at Florida Amerant Bank Arena 8pm ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS

*If necessary

All games of the Stanley Cup Final can be watched on ABC in the United States and streamed on ESPN+. Canadians can tune in on CBC, Sportsnet and TVAS.

Panthers Favored Over Oilers in Cup Final Odds

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas are siding with the Florida Panthers over the Edmonton Oilers in the 2024 Stanley Cup Final. The opening Oilers vs. Panthers odds favor the Cats winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Florida is playing in the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season, while the Oilers are appearing in the Cup Final for the first time since 2006. The Cats are more battle-tested after losing to the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2023 Cup Final.

Florida is led by Matthew Tkachuk, who has five goals and 19 points through 17 games. The Oilers are led by a lethal trio of Connor McDavid (29 points), Leon Draisaitl (27 points), and Evan Bouchard (25 points). Zach Hyman, meanwhile, has a team-high 13 goals.

Sergei Bobrovsky is a primary reason the Panthers are favored in the Stanley Cup odds. He’s been stellar this postseason with a .908 save percentage. Florida also has an impressive penalty kill (88%) capable of shutting down the Oilers’ star-studded unit.

Edmonton vs Florida History

The Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers don’t see each other very often considering they reside on opposite sides of the continent. They did, however, meet two times during the 2023-24 regular season, with Florida winning on both occasions.

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In the first matchup in November 2023, the Panthers won 5-3 thanks to two goals from Nikko Mikkola. Oilers’ Connor McDavid also scored two goals in that game but it wasn’t enough as the Cats lit up Edmonton backup goalie Calvin Pickard for four goals on 34 shots.

In the second and most recent meeting on December 16, 2023, Florida once again scored five goals, this time in a 5-1 victory. Carter Verhaeghe had two goals and an assist, while Sergei Bobrovsky stood on his head with 38 saves on 39 shots.

When you look at all-time Panthers vs Oilers history, Edmonton has a 23-16-3 edge historically. The two teams have split the last 10 meetings equally. Florida and Edmonton have never played in a playoff series before 2024.

Oilers vs Panthers Prediction

Is it finally Connor McDavid’s time to win a Cup? Or are the Florida Panthers due for glory after coming oh so close last year? We don’t disagree with the oddsmakers that the Cats should be favored in this series, but the Oilers are a tempting underdog with the best player in the world on their roster.

Oilers
VS
Panthers
0-2 Reg. Season Head-To-Head 2-0
12-6-0 Playoff Record 12-5-0
3.59 (2nd) Goals For/GP 3.24 (4th)
2.71 (8th) Goals Against/GP 2.29 (3rd)
34.7% (2nd) Power Play 23.3% (6th)
93.5% (1st) Penalty Kill 88.2% (2nd)
49.91% (8th) Corsi Percentage 55.42% (3rd)

Goaltending is a clear advantage for Florida, but this was also the case for Dallas in the previous round, and we all know how that played out. This is a tough matchup to call, but we think the Panthers are just built better to win a seven-game series at this point of the year.

Bobrovsky was the MVP of the Panthers’ 2023 Stanley Cup run but appeared to be hampered by fatigue in the Final. With over a week to rest up for the Cup Final on June 8th, we like the chances of him being a true difference maker this time around.

The Cats scored at will against the Oilers this regular season, and Stuart Skinner still owns a playoff save percentage below .900 despite some strong recent play. The Rangers were flying on offense before running into this stifling Panthers’ defense, and we envision a similar scenario playing out for the offense-first Oilers this round.

EDM-FLA Prediction:

  • Panthers Series ML (-125)

 

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