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Panthers vs Golden Knights Player Props for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

Updated Jun 3, 2023 · 6:30 AM PDT

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Jonathan Marchessault warms up
May 12, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Jonathan Marchessault (81) warms up before the start of game five of the second round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
  • Player props are live for Game 1 of the Vegas vs Florida 2023 Stanley Cup Final
  • Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault has scored seven goals in his last seven games
  • Read below for the best Game 1 Panthers vs Golden Knights player props to bet

Player props are live for Game 1 of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final between the Florida Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. There’s plenty of value on the board as oddsmakers try to get a feel on how this series will play out.

We’ve identified two of our strongest NHL player props for Game 1, including a play on Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault. Our other top pick is on a goalie who has emerged as the Conn Smythe Trophy favorite.

The table below displays the main player props available for Game 1 of Panthers vs Knights. Under the table, find my favorite picks, along with analysis.

Panthers vs Golden Knights Game 1 Player Props

Panthers vs Golden Knights 1+ Goals O/U Shots O/U Points O/U Saves
Jack Eichel +155 3.5 (+110o/-144u) 0.5 (-210o/+162u) N/A
Matthew Tkachuk +160 3.5 (+108o/-140u) 1.5 (+164o/-215u) N/A
Jonathan Marchessault +185 3.5 (+126o/-165u) 0.5 (-150o/+118u) N/A
Carter Verhaeghe +200 2.5 (-165o/+126u) 0.5 (-146o/+114u) N/A
Mark Stone +220 2.5 (+132o /-176u) 0.5 (-148o/+116u) N/A
Sam Reinhart +250 2.5 (+120o/-154u) 0.5 (-146o/+114u) N/A
Aleksander Barkov +260 2.5 (-122o/-106u) 0.5 (-180o/+140u) N/A
Sam Bennett +270 3.5 (+110o/-144u) 0.5 (-130o/+102u) N/A
Reilly Smith +290 2.5 (+154o/-205u) 0.5 (-112o/-112u) N/A
Chandler Stephenson +290 1.5 (+110o/-144u) 0.5 (-130o/+102u) N/A
William Karlsson +300 1.5 (-198o/+150u) 0.5 (-116o/-110u) N/A
Ivan Barbashev +370 1.5 (+104o/-135u) 0.5 (+106o/-134u) N/A
Anthony Duclair +380 1.5 (-182o/+138u) 0.5 (+116o/-146u) N/A
Brandon Montour +420 2.5 (-176o/-134u) 0.5 (-146o/+114u) N/A
Nicolas Roy +430 1.5 (-140o/+108u) 0.5 (+120o/-152u) N/A
Anton Lundell +500 1.5 (-152o/+116u) 0.5 (+144o/-186u) N/A
Eetu Luostarinen +600 N/A 0.5 (+184o/-240u) N/A
Michael Amadio +600 N/A 0.5 (+184o/-240u) N/A
Alex Pietrangelo +700 2.5 (+132o/-174u) 0.5 (+100o/-128u) N/A
Shea Theodore +750 2.5 (+140o/-184u) 0.5 (+116o/-148u) N/A
Aaron Ekblad +750 1.5 (+188o/+142u) 0.5 (+140o/-180u) N/A
William Carrier +750 1.5 (+104o/-135u) N/A N/A
Brett Howden +850 N/A N/A N/A
Nick Cousins +850 N/A 0.5 (+190o/-250u) N/A
Gustav Forsling N/A 1.5 (-198o/+150u) 0.5 (+146o/-186u) N/A
Adin Hill N/A N/A N/A 29.5 (-106o/-122u)
Sergei Bobrovsky N/A N/A N/A 29.5 (-104o/-122u)

In the Game 1 Panthers vs Golden Knights player props, there is no odds-on favorite to find the back of the net. Vegas’ Jack Eichel has the best odds to score at +155, while Florida’s Matthew Tkachuk is listed with the highest over/under points total at 1.5.

In the Florida vs Vegas Game 1 odds, the Golden Knights are priced as -135 favorites to take the opening game of the series. The game total is only set at 5.5, with oddsmakers projecting the goalies to frustrate the shooters.


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Odds as of June 2nd at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Pick #1: Jonathan Marchessault Anytime Goalscorer

Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault has been red-hot in the NHL Playoffs, and we’re projecting him to keep rolling again his former team in the Cup Final. Marchessault scored a goal in four of the last five games against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final, collecting two assists in the game he didn’t find twine.

Vegas has scored at least four goals in each of their past two Game 1’s in these playoffs, so betting on their hottest player to score at +185 odds is great value. Although Marchessault has potted seven goals in his last seven games dating back to Round 2, oddsmakers are only giving him a 35.09% chance to light the lamp Saturday.

One interesting tidbit that might scare away bettors is the fact Marchessault has scored eight of his nine playoff goals this year away from home. During the regular season, however, he scored slightly more goals at home than on the road, so this is something we expect to balance out during the course of the Cup Final.

The best thing about betting on a player like Marchessault to score is his shot volume. The 32-year-old currently leads all NHL players in the postseason with 62 shots on goal (3.64/ GP). The chances will be there for Marchessault, and the ex-Panther has the confidence and finishing ability to capitalize.

  • Pick: Jonathan Marchessault Anytime Goalscorer (+185)

Pick #2: Sergei Bobrovsky Over 29.5 Saves

There is one man primarily responsible for Florida’s success in the 2023 NHL Playoffs: goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The former Vezina winner has largely carried the team to the Final, sporting an 11-2-0 record with a .935 save percentage and 2.21 GAA.

FanDuel is listing Bobrovsky with a 29.5 total saves over/under in Game 1, which would be a breather for Bob if the projection comes to fruition. In Bobrovsky’s last five games, the Russian netminder has averaged 45.2 saves per game. Take out the quadruple-overtime game, and that number still sits at 40.25.

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Sportsbooks are listing a lower number for Game 1 of the Final in part because Vegas isn’t an overly dynamic offensive team. VGK has averaged 30 shots per game this postseason, which places them in the bottom half of the league. The Panthers, however, are allowing a league-worst 37.3 shots per contest.

Vegas hasn’t put up strong shot totals against elite defensive teams, but facing weaker defensive clubs like Winnipeg, they’ve put up shot totals in the 40-range. Furthermore, in five all-time meetings between the Knights and Panthers at T-Mobile Arena, the Knights have averaged 38.2 shots per contest.

  • Pick: Sergei Bobrovsky Over 29.5 Saves (-104)

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