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Draisaitl Due for Oilers; Prop up Panthers’ Barkov, Bennett in Game 4

Leon Draisaitl may have only one more chance to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Final when his Edmonton Oilers host the Florida Panthers for Game 4 on Saturday night.

Draisaitl, who boasts 148 goals the last three regular seasons and scored 10 times in the first 16 playoff games this postseason, has not been a good bet at BetUS sportsbook in the finals. The big German center owns nine shots on net, is averaging 23-plus minutes and has no points.

Draisaitl Due for Oilers; Prop up Panthers’ Barkov, Bennett in Game 4
Aleksander Barkov #16 of the Florida Panthers | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

There has not been a sweep in the Cup Final since 1998, so Draisaitl may have a bit more time. But it would be quite a surprise if the 28-year-old, along with superstar sidekick Connor McDavid (three assists), finished their first finals without a goal.

The Panthers just may be too tough to overcome, though. Florida scored three goals during a span of 6:19 in the second period on Thursday and held off a rally for a 4-3 win and a 3-0 lead in the series.

Aleksander Barkov and Sam Bennett continued their impressive runs for the Panthers and could be the best calls for your NHL betting if you expect Florida to finish the job this weekend.

 

Will Oilers Build or Cave in Game 4?

Edmonton looked as though it may tie the game late in the third period after opening the frame down three goals on Thursday.

The question for bettors is whether the Oilers will continue that momentum or the loss will crush them? No doubt they were saying the right things after the game.

 

 

Coach Kris Knoblauch scratched second-line wing Evander Kane and put his forward lines in a blender for Game 3. It produced a 35-23 edge in shots, led by McDavid’s five.

Draisaitl is certainly due to produce, but you still won’t get great odds (+155 anytime goal) for your sport bets on him. You might be better off taking shots on Ryan McLeod, Warren Foeglele or Mattias Janmark – all +600 – to score. Janmark had three shots in Game 3.

 

Barkov, Bennett: Centers of Attention

Barkov is best known for his defense, but the center from Finland is now leading the Panthers in scoring during the playoffs with 21 points.

Of Barkov’s seven goals in the postseason, four have been game-winners. He had two points, including the decisive fourth goal in Thursday’s victory, and is still a value (+225) to score in Game 4 if you bet online.

Meanwhile, Bennett continues to pay off bettors at decent odds. The 27-year-old boasts a six-game point streak that includes four goals and three assists. He is +275 to score in Game 4 and many of his goals, like on Thursday, come from counters.

“The job’s not finished,” Bennett told reporters. “. … I don’t think anyone can really look ahead. It’s still, we’ve got a lot of work to do. That’s our focus right now.”

Bennett is tied for second in points (eight) behind McDavid (11) since the third round of the playoffs began.

 

Bobrovsky Good Bet to Win Conn Smythe

Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is the big favorite (-500) to win the Conn Smythe Trophy after stopping 32 shots in two of the three games during the finals.

It would not be a wild NHL prediction to expect Bobrovsky to be very busy again in Game 4. Edmonton has to try and throw everything at the Russian netminder.and he is in a zone right now.

The only fear is if Edmonton falls behind early and Florida locks the game down. Still, the Oilers showed what they can do in the final 20 minutes on Thursday.

Bobrovsky hasn’t done it alone. His defensemen may also be a decent bet to contribute if the Panthers end the series on Saturday. Brandon Montour is +146, Gustav Forsling +154 and Aaron Ekblad +220 to post a point in Game 4.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

How many power-play goals have been scored in the finals?


One. The Panthers are 1-for-9 and Edmonton 0-for-10.

Who leads Florida in assists during the playoffs?


Matthew Tkachuk. The Panthers’ forward notched his 15th assist of the postseason in Game 3.

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