Overtime Victory has Florida Back in Series
If these Stanley Cup Playoffs have proved nothing else, it has shown that it can be dangerous to count out the Florida Panthers. Once again the Panthers defied the NHL picks by being outshot and still winning Game 3.
It is something that happened in all four of Florida’s wins against the favored Boston Bruins and that also happened three times against Toronto and in all four contests in the sweep of Carolina.
Those making the NHL predictions would be wise to roll with the Panthers when it comes to overtime games. Florida is now 7-0 in overtime games to become the first team since the 2003 Anaheim Ducks to go 7-0 in OT contests in a playoff year. The Panthers have won their last 10 overtime games.
Vegas was third among Western Conference teams with 27 road wins during the regular season and is 6-3 away from home in the playoffs.
When looking at the NHL news, Vegas continues to be without goalies Robin Lehner, Logan Thompson and Laurent Brossoit, but is in pretty good shape otherwise in the injury department. For Florida, defenseman Radko Gudas was able to play in Game 3 and led all defensemen in short-handed time on ice. Forward Eetu Luostarinen is questionable as he has missed each of the first three games in the series.
According to the NHL playoff odds, Vegas is priced at +250 to win the series in five games. The odds move to +300 and +350 to seal the deal in six or seven games. The best odds for the Panthers are +400 to win the series in seven games.
When Jonathan Marchessault gave the Golden Knights the one-goal lead in the second period of Game 3, the chance was there to take a stranglehold in the series.
Vegas tried to add a key insurance game as the Golden Knights had eight of the next 12 shots on goal. However, they could not slip another puck past Sergei Bobrovsky. That proved costly as Matthew Tkachuk scored with 2:13 left in the third period.
WIth Florida defenseman Gustav Forsling in the penalty box late in regulation, Vegas captain had a chance to win the game with five seconds left to play only to be denied by Bobrovsky.
Five of the eight shot attempts by the Golden Knights in overtime were blocked and another missed the net before Florida’s Carter Verhaeghe won the game at 4:27 of OT.
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Now Vegas needs to win to avoid turning what was a comfortable lead in the series into a best-of-3 against perhaps the best road team in this year’s postseason.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone over in four of the last six games for the Golden Knights.
Thriving at Even Strength
The Florida Panthers allowed two power-play goals for the third time in as many games in the series. However, they took a major step up when the game was played at even strength.
Both of the Vegas goals in Game 3 came on the power play. With Bobrobsky bouncing back from a nightmarish effort in the previous contest by stopping all 20 of the Vegas shots at even strength, that was all the scoring for a Golden Knights team looking to take a 3-0 series lead.
While Florida did send Vegas to the power play six times, there were no misconduct penalties, as was the case during Games 1 and 2. After 68 and 65 hits between the teams in the first two games, just 32 hits were recorded in this contest as the Panthers played more under control.
Nine of the last 12 games played by Florida finished under the NHL betting lines total.
Golden Knights vs Panthers Game Injuries
Golden Knights vs Panthers Head-to-Head
Vegas has won seven of the last 10 meetings with Florida after taking the first two games in this series. Just two of the last 10 games between the teams have been decided by one goal before the Game 3 overtime contest.
Florida has won five of the six home games between the teams since Vegas entered the NHL.
Four of the last five times that Vegas played at Florida, the game finished under the total.
Golden Knights vs Panthers Game Information
- Game: Golden Knights (51-22-9 regular season) vs Panthers (42-32-8)
- Location: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL
- Day/Time: Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. ET
- Golden Knights vs Panthers Live Stream: NHL.TV
Golden Knights vs Panthers Betting Lines
Golden Knights vs Panthers Picks and Prediction
Game 3 played out closer to what was expected with neither team able to go up by more than one goal. Don’t be surprised to see a similar script being followed in Game 4 as the series will either return to Las Vegas tied 2-2 or the Golden Knights will have the chance to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship in front of the home fans.
Nine of the 21 goals in the first three games of the series have come in the third period.
The Panthers have won the previous three games in this year’s playoffs when listed as the favorite. Vegas is 6-3 as the underdog in the playoffs.
Florida is 10-1 in one-goal games during the playoffs and 7-0 in overtime games so keep that in mind when looking at the live betting odds.
When making NHL predictions, keep in mind that Vegas Is 33-177 against the spread on the road while Florida has covered against the NHL betting lines in just 20 of 49 home games.
Florida is 35-29-5 when listed as the favorite by the NHL odds with Vegas 21-15-3 as the underdog.
The Florida Panthers are listed at -120 in our Las Vegas hockey odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Florida Panthers, you have a chance to win $83. Vegas Golden Knights is +100, offering a chance to win $100 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Florida Panthers a 54.55% chance to win, with the Vegas Golden Knights at 50.00%.