Panthers vs. Oilers Game 3 Prediction: Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 12, 2024

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers

Teams that lead a best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series 2-0 have a series record of 352-56 (.863).

Florida
52-24-4-2
AT
June 13, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
49-27-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -225
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +5.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Puckline -1.5 +180
Moneyline -145
Over / Under u +5.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

The Florida Panthers cruised to a 4-1 win on Monday to take a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The series shifts to Edmonton for Game 3 on Thursday night in a must-win game for the Oilers.

Edmonton is a -135 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with the total set at 5.5.

Panthers vs. Oilers NHL Betting Odds

With Monday’s win, Florida improved to 4-0 straight up against the Oilers this season and early betting action reflects that dominance as 63 per cent of moneyline bets are coming in on the Panthers to win Game 3. Edmonton has managed just two combined goals in their last three games against Florida, leading the total to go Under in those three games.

The Panthers are heavy -550 favourites to win on the series line ahead of Game 3 after starting the series at -130. If you’re still a believer in the Oilers, you can get them at +400 to win the series after sitting at +100 before of Game 1. Currently, the favoured exact series result is Florida to win in five games at +240. The biggest long shot is Edmonton winning in six games at +1100.

The NHL futures board lists Sergei Bobrovsky as a sizeable -200 favourite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and even though Connor McDavid has been held to a single assist in the series, he is the second-favourite at +450.

Florida Panthers

Evan Rodrigues came up big for Florida in Game 2 as the Panthers scored four unanswered goals over the last two periods to close out Edmonton. Rodrigues scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period and added the insurance marker on the power play. Niko Mikkola and Aaron Ekblad also found the back of the net while Anton Lundell had two assists. Bobrovsky made 18 saves and has stopped 50 of 51 shots faced through the first two games of the series. Rodrigues has proven to be a valuable depth piece in the Stanley Cup Final, scoring three goals while playing just under 15 minutes in each of the first two games.

The big question mark ahead of Game 3 is the status of captain Aleksander Barkov, whose 19 points (6G, 13A) in the playoffs ties him with Matthew Tkachuk (5G, 14A) for the team lead. Barkov left Game 2 midway through the third period after taking a high hit from Leon Draisaitl and did not return. He practiced with the team on Wednesday, so he’ll likely play Game 3, but it’s fair to wonder if he’ll be playing through a significant injury. Barkov has been a key factor in shutting down McDavid and Draisaitl, so his health is hugely important for Florida.

Edmonton Oilers

Mattias Ekholm gave the Oilers an early 1-0 lead in Game 2, but it stands as the only goal Edmonton has scored in the series. Stuart Skinner stopped 15 of 17 shots faced. The Oilers’ power play was stymied once again on Monday, going 0-for-4 on the night. Despite having the top ranked power play in the regular season and playoffs, Edmonton is scoreless on seven power play opportunities in the Stanley Cup Final. A big issue has been the ineffectiveness of McDavid and Draisaitl, who have been held to one assist between the two of them against Florida.

Keep an eye on defenceman Darnell Nurse‘s status ahead of Game 3. Nurse left in the first period of Game 2 with an undisclosed injury after taking a hard hit from Rodrigues. The 29-year-old eventually returned to the game, but he only played three shifts over the last two periods and there’s been no update on his status. While Nurse has just three assists in 20 playoff games, he’s a valuable piece of the defensive core as he averages almost 20 minutes of ice time per game in the playoffs, third among Edmonton defencemen behind Evan Bouchard (24:42) and Ekholm (21:46).

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