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Oilers Facing Must Win at Home vs Panthers in Game 3

It is approaching win or else time for the Edmonton Oilers after being held to one goal in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Florida is now two wins away from the franchise’s first NHL title and the Panthers are more than happy to make Canadian hockey fans to wait at least another year for a team from Canada to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1993.

The NHL odds have Edmonton priced at -130 to win Game 3 with +205 odds to cover at -1½ on the puck line. Florida has +110 odds to win and go up 3-0 in the series.

Oilers Facing Must Win at Home vs Panthers in Game 3
Evan Rodrigues #17 of the Florida Panthers/Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

After winning the first two games of the series, Florida is now 4-0 against the Oilers this season. The last three games between the teams finished under the total with Florida outscoring Edmonton 12-2 in those matchups. Since 2020, just two of the last nine games between the teams have landed over the total.

When looking at the NHL championship odds, the odds for the Panthers are at -480 after winning the first two games at home. The series odds for the Oilers are now at +380.

There are +225 odds for the Panthers to win the series in five games, and +300 odds for Florida to become the first team since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings to sweep in the Stanley Cup Final.

The 1995-96 Colorado Avalanche is the only team since the Stanley Cup went to a seven-game format to win its first NHL title with a sweep in the finals. Edmonton has +600 odds to win the series in seven games.

 

Panthers vs Oilers Game Information

  • Game: Panthers 52-24-6 (32-12-5 on the road) vs Oilers 49-27-6 (27-20-2 at home).
  • Date/Time: Thursday, June 13, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
  • Panthers vs Oilers Live Stream: NHL.com

 

Panthers vs Oilers Odds and Puck Line

Panthers
Oilers
+115
Money Line Game
-135
+1½ -245
Puck Line Game
-1½ +205
Over 5½ -105
Total Game
Under 5½ -115

 

Can Panthers Continue to Roll on the Road?

Something will have to give as Florida is 6-1-1 on the road and Edmonton is 6-2-1 at home in this year’s playoffs.

 


The last time that Edmonton played in the Stanley Cup Final was in 1996, when the Oilers also lost the first two games on the road. Ryan Smyth broke a 1-1 tie with 2:15 left to play to give the Oilers the 2-1 win in Game 3.

It could be argued that this is Edmonton’s most important home game since that contest. Despite losing the next game at home, the Oilers did extend the Stanley Cup Final to seven games against the Carolina Hurricanes.

McDavid has two goals and nine assists in his last five home games while Draisaitl has two goals and four assists in that span. They have combined for no goals and one assist with 11 shots on goal in the first two games of the series.

Florida’s last five games went under the total.

 

Oilers Need to Turn on the Power

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stole Game 1 with 32 saves as the Panthers were outshot at home 32-18. It was a different story in Game 2 as Edmonton finished with just 19 shots on goal.

Edmonton had its chances with six shots on its two power plays in the series opener. However, the Oilers managed one shot on four power-play opportunities in Game 2. That is hard to imagine with Edmonton being able to throw McDavid, Draisaitl, Zach Hyman, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Evan Bouchard out on the ice on the power play.

In Edmonton’s first 18 playoff games, they have combined for 18 goals and 36 on the power play. Edmonton is still looking for its first goal with the man advantage in this series.

Edmonton is still second in the NHL on the power play, scoring on 32.8% of its man-advantage opportunities in the playoffs.

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

 

Panthers a Rare Underdog in Game 3

Edmonton has won four of its last five games as a home favorite. The Oilers have won in different ways with a pair of one-goal victories as well as 5-1 and 5-2 wins.

Florida has won just one of its last six games as a road underdog. This will be the first time when Florida is listed as the underdog in this year’s playoffs. The first two games in the series with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden both approached Pick’em status when the puck was dropped.

 

Here are some numbers for those who bet online to consider heading into Game 3 of the series between Florida and Edmonton.

  • Edmonton is 4-0 when trailing in a series in this year’s playoffs.
  • Five of the last seven times that Florida played in Edmonton, the game went over the total.
  • The Oilers are 55-31-7 this season as the favorite.
  • Florida is 5-9-4 as the underdog.
  • The Panthers have covered against the puck line in 30 of 49 road games.
  • Just 17 of Florida’s 49 road games finished under the total.

 

Panthers vs Oilers Injury Update

Florida center Aleksander Barkov is questionable with an upper-body suffered on a hit by Edmonton’s Draisaitl in Game 2. Draisaitl was not fined or suspended for the hit.

Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse is questionable due to a hip injury.

 

Panthers Thriving In Tight-Checking Affairs

The Panthers would be just fine to see Game 3 be another low-scoring game.

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.

When looking at player prop options, keep in mind that Florida’s Evan Rodrigues leads the series with three goals. He also has the only power-play goal in the series.

 

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Panthers vs Oilers Game 3 Prediction

Oilers 4, 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 3 of the Panthers-Oilers series on June 13?


Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and Matthew Tkachuk have yet to record a point in this series. That is not a trend that figures to continue.

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