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McDavid and Co. to Lift Oilers, Avoid Stanley Cup Sweep in Game 4

This is not the kind of history that Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers were looking to make. Three goals in a span of 6 1⁄2 minutes in the second period has the Florida Panthers one win away from the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title and the Oilers 60 minutes away from becoming the first team since the 1997-98 Washington Capitals to be swept in the Stanley Cup Final.

The NHL odds have Edmonton priced at -120 to win Game 4 with +225 odds to cover at -1½ on the puck line. Florida has even odds to win and skate around Rogers Place with Lord Stanley’s cup above their heads.

McDavid and Co. to Lift Oilers, Avoid Stanley Cup Sweep in Game 4
Connor Mcdavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers / Harry How / Getty Images North America / Getty Images via Afp

After winning the first three games of the series, Florida is now 5-0 against the Oilers this season. Three of the last four games between the teams finished under the total, with Florida outscoring Edmonton 16-5 in those matchups. Since 2020, just three of the last 10 games between the teams have landed over the total.

When looking at the NHL championship odds, the odds for the Panthers moved from -480 to -1900 after the Game 3 win. The series odds for the Oilers are now at +1100.

For those who believe in the Oilers to send the series back to Florida, the Panthers have +225 odds to win the series in five games. The true believers might want to look at the +1400 odds for the Oilers to win the series in seven games.


Panthers vs Oilers Game Information

  • Game: Panthers 53-24-6 (33-12-5 on the road) vs Oilers 49-28-6 (27-21-2 at home).
  • Date/Time: Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
  • Panthers vs Oilers Live Stream: NHL.com


Panthers vs Oilers Odds and Spreads


Can Panthers Continue to Roll on the Road?

The Panthers are proving that there is more to their game than just delivering big hits.

Florida is 10-2-1 in this year’s playoffs when the opposing team is credited with more hits than the Panthers.

Other than having a slight advantage in faceoff wins, Florida trailed in all the key categories in Game 3 with the notable exception of the most important one – the final score.

Edmonton failed to beat Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on six shots during the three power plays in Game 3. Bobrovsky has stopped all 13 shots on Edmonton’s power play in the first three games of the series.

The only time a team won the Stanley Cup title after trailing 3-0 in the series was in 1942, when the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Detroit Red Wings in seven games. We are struggling to come up with social media posts from that series.

Five of Florida’s last six games went under the total.


Stars Need to Deliver for the Oilers

Connor McDavid did assist on a pair of goals in Game 3 for the Oilers. However, Edmonton was already down by three goals by the time he got on the score sheet.

McDavid leads the Oilers with three assists and 14 shots on goal in the first three games of the series. However, some of the other top offensive contributors have struggled to come through.

Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman combined for 113 goals and 137 assists during the regular season. They added 30 goals and 36 assists in the first 18 playoff games.

So far in this series, they have no goals, zero assists and a combined plus/minus rating of -7. Warren Foegele, Ryan McLeod, Mattias Ekholm and Philip Broberg have the goals for the Oilers in this series.

If Edmonton wants to have more games to play this season, more will be needed from Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins and Hyman.

Edmonton has seen four of the previous six games land under the NHL odds total.


Panthers a Rare Underdog in Game 4

Edmonton has won four of its last six games as a home favorite so perhaps that is enough to give the frazzled Oilers some hope.

Florida has won just two of its last seven games as a road underdog. That didn’t stop the Panthers from winning in Game 3 as they were the underdogs for the first time in this year’s playoffs.

Here are some numbers for those who bet online to consider heading into Game 4 of the series between Florida and Edmonton.

  • Edmonton is 4-1 when trailing in a series in this year’s playoffs.
  • Six of the last eight times that Florida played in Edmonton, the game went over the total.
  • The Oilers are 55-32-7 this season as the favorite.
  • Florida is 6-9-4 as the underdog.
  • The Panthers have covered against the puck line in 31 of 50 road games.
  • Just 18 of Florida’s 50 road games finished under the total.


Panthers vs Oilers Injury Update

Florida center Aleksander Barkov was questionable with an upper-body injury heading into Game 3. There was nothing questionable about the way he played as he led all Florida forwards in time on ice and finished with a goal and an assist in the 4-3 win.

Edmonton winger Evander Kane missed Game 3 with a hip injury and he is questionable for Game 4.


Panthers Thriving in Tight-Checking Affairs

The Panthers have clinched three playoff series on the road in the last two seasons and Florida would love to celebrate in front of the Edmonton fans on Saturday night.

Edmonton is 4-4 in its last eight games with five combined goals or less scored. Florida is 10-1-1 in this year’s playoffs in games that had no more than five goals scored.

With the series potentially ending on Saturday, it is a good time to look at how BetUS Sportsbook has the Conn Smythe Trophy odds shaking out.

Bobrovsky leads the way at -500 followed by Barkov at +400 as it looks to be a two-player race.

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Panthers vs Oilers Game 4 Prediction

Oilers 3, Panthers 2



Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.



Questions of the Day

What happened the last time the Panthers and the Oilers met in a playoff series?

This is the first time that the Panthers and Oilers are meeting in the playoffs.

What are good player prop options for Game 4 of the Panthers-Oilers series on June 15?

Zach Hyman of the Oilers offers good value at +100 to score a goal in Game 4. Carter Verhaeghe has been a big-game player since joining the Panthers so look at the +160 odds for Verhaeghe to score in the game as well.

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