Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers Game 3 Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jun 07, 2023

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Florida Panthers at Vegas Golden Knights

The Florida Panthers will be desperate to make it a series when they host the Golden Knights in Game 3 Thursday night. Vegas leads 2-0.

Vegas
51-22-5-4
AT
June 08, 2023, 8:00 PM ET
BB&T Center
Florida
42-32-7-1
Puckline +1.5 -240
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +6

60%

Betting Action

40%

Puckline -1.5 +199
Moneyline -133
Over / Under u +6

60%

Betting Action

40%

For the first time in their memorable playoff run, the Panthers are experiencing rocky waters. A decent effort in Game 1 didn’t result in a win and they were thumped in Game 2 by the score of 7-2. As for Vegas, they’re flying high now, brimming with confidence. Will that momentum travel with them?

The NHL experts have the Panthers as -123 favourites on the NHL odds’ moneyline and +208 on the puckline.

Golden Knights vs. Panthers Finals Betting Odds

Naturally, the more the Golden Knights win, the more their chances of taking the series increase. Prior to the second match, their price was -217, but it has since changed to -455. The Panthers’ situation is getting dire. Once +189 heading into Game 2 their price is currently +382. Teams down 2-0 have had worse numbers in the past, but this is nearly as bad as it’s gotten for Florida this postseason.

To that point, Paul Maurice’s side has never trailed 2-0 in a round so far. Moreover, they haven’t been so thoroughly outscored since the early days of the first round. Vegas has rung them up for a whopping 12 goals in two contests, albeit with one empty netter. Florida’s home record in the playoffs is only 4-3 and they’ll need all the home cooking they can get if they wish to make this a series.

As for the Knights, it seems as if the further they get into the playoffs, the more comfortable they are. After having to split the first couple of contests in rounds one and two, they’ve taken 2-0 leads in the Western Conference final and now the Stanley Cup final. They have not lost a road Game 3 so far and two were complete blowouts of the opposition.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas can surely begin to smell blood in the water. Although the job is only halfway done, what they’ve accomplished through two tilts is impressive insofar as its nullified most of Florida’s strengths.

If the 5-2 win in the first contest made the game like it wasn’t as close as it really was, the second bout was more emphatic. A 7-2 final that did, in fact, speak to the sort of game it was. There would be no “ifs” “buts” or “maybes” on Monday night. The Golden Knights were golden in how they pounced on offensive opportunities and how splendidly Adin Hill saved their bacon when down a player. Best of all, in their case at least, it’s beginning to look as though they’ve solved the riddle that is Sergei Bobrovsky: shoot aim, preferably with some traffic blocking the view.

Jonathan Marchessault (11th) set the tone with a power play marker in the first period, before Alec Martinez his first of the playoffs, also high and threw a screen. By the time Nicolas Ray (second and another screened shot) Brett Howden (fourth) made it 4-0 in the middle frame, the night was over for the Panther’s goalie, as were their chances of tying the series.

Florida Panthers

It’s time to regroup and get back to what made the Panthers so successful through three rounds. They win close games, ones whose balance hangs on the edge of a knife. Going down 4-0 and 5-1 is the death knell for a club like Florida.

Matthew Tkachuk (10th) got on the scoreboard Monday, but that was about the only positive sign for the team in what ended up being a terrible game. That they outshot the Golden Knights had a lot to do with genuinely good power play hockey that simply couldn’t outdo Adin Hill – they had four opportunities but couldn’t cash in on any. A big hit on Jack Eichel from Tkachuk in the second period didn’t even spark a comeback. In fact, Eichel had an assist on Marchessault’s second of the game in the final frame. That’s two games now that Florida has let get out of hand. For the first time this postseason they look like the second-best team on the ice.

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