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Oilers Are A Value Bet In Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Vs Panthers

The Edmonton Oilers would like to match most of the statistics from the series opener when they visit the Florida Panthers for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday.

If the Oilers can outshoot Florida 32-18, get three power plays and spring a few breakaways they would be among most NHL experts’ picks to even the series. But in Game 1, Edmonton was 0-for-3 on the power play and lost 3-0. The good news for the underdog Oilers is they allowed Florida 18 shots on net, including just four in the first period. The Panthers scored on two quick counters and added a late empty netter, while goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was a maestro in pads.

Good Time To Bet Oilers With Value In Game 2 Vs Panthers
Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Florida Panthers makes a save against Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

 

Good Time To Bet Oilers With Value In Game 2 Vs Panthers

There are two questions bettors must answer before making their wagers at the sportsbook for Game 2. Will  the Oilers find ways to beat Bobrovsky, who gives the Panthers a big advantage in net, and will Florida raise its level in Game 2?

  • Game: Edmonton Oilers (0-1) vs Florida Panthers (1-0)
  • Location: Amerant Arena, Sunrise, Fla.
  • Day/Time: Monday, June 10, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Live Streaming: ABC, ESPN+, NHL.com

 

  • Under bettors are 6-1 in the last seven Florida games and 60-37-3 on the season.
  • The Oilers are 0-for-8 on the power play in three losses to the Panthers in 2023-24.
  • Florida center Sam Bennett has three goals and two assists over his last four contests.
  • Edmonton has killed 30 straight power plays in the playoffs, including both on Saturday.
  • Bobrovsky has allowed five total goals in four straight victories since being down 2-1 in the conference finals.

 

Bet McDavid, Draisaitl Convert

You don’t see Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl get left off the scoresheet in the same game very often. But you can’t say they didn’t have enough chances in Game 1.

McDavid finished with six shots on net, Draisaitl registered four, leading goal scorer Zach Hyman three and offensive defenseman Evan Bouchard four. The Oilers won 2-1 despite just 10 total shots on goal in Game 6 of the conference finals versus Dallas.

The power play has to be key for Edmonton. The Oilers were 4-for-5 in the last two games versus Dallas, but went 1-for-16 in the previous seven games. They produced six shots on their three power plays on Saturday.

“I thought we had looks, that’s the key,” Hyman told reporters. “. … If we play like we did today, we’re very confident in our group.”

 

Bettors Cashing On Verhaeghe

Carter Verhaeghe won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020, but due in part to salary cap issues he was let go.

Verhaeghe has prospered since being signed by the Panthers, scoring 118 goals in four regular seasons and becoming a big-moment player in the playoffs. The 28-year-old Toronto native has 10 game-winning goals in the last three playoff runs after netting the first tally in Game 1.

“(Verhaeghe is) such a unique player where he’s so dangerous when the puck’s on his stick,” Florida forward Evan Rodrigues told reporters. “You give him an inch and it’s in the back of the net.”

Verhaeghe played on a line with Aleksander Barkov and Sam Reinhart, who both assisted on the first goal. Barkov, also assisted in the final goal and is +300 in the NHL future odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, set up Verhaeghe with a nifty backhand pass.

 

First Period Key To Unlock Win?

The Oilers have been a very good team in the first period during the playoffs and had a 12-4 edge in shots on goal during the opening 20 minutes of Game 1.

Edmonton has scored an NHL-high 23 goals in the first period and allowed 14 while Florida has been outscored 13-11 in the opening frame. It could be now or never for the Oilers in Game 2, so the NHL prediction is they come out fast.

Florida has only covered the first period puck line in 17 of its last 52 games at home, so Edmonton may be able to break through if you bet online. The only thing bettors must think about? Perhaps the Panthers will be better Monday and may be just better overall.

Florida knows how to rally. The Panthers have four wins in the playoffs when trailing after one period and boast an NHL-best 25 goals in the third period. The big test for both teams in this series would be if the Oilers can sneak the first one in on Monday.

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