A pivotal contest in the 2023 Stanley Cup Final features the Vegas Golden Knights traveling to take on the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. The Golden Knights have a chance to secure a commanding 3-1 series lead before heading back to Vegas. The Panthers notched a clutch 3-2 win over the Knights in overtime in Game 3. Florida has won seven overtime games during the 2023 NHL playoffs.
Opening faceoff at FLA Live Arena is set for 8 p.m. ET. Vegas is the -120 favorite (risk $120 to win $100) in the latest Golden Knights vs. Panthers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total goals scored is 5.5. Before making any Panthers vs. Golden Knights picks, be sure to check out the NHL predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
This model simulates every NHL game 10,000 times, taking into account factors like current form, individual matchups, injuries and short- and long-term trends when making NHL picks. The model seeks the best values on the money line, puck line and total.
Now, the model has its sights on Golden Knights vs. Panthers and just locked in its picks and Stanley Cup Final predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the NHL odds from Caesars Sportsbook and trends for Panthers vs. Golden Knights:
Golden Knights vs. Panthers money line: Florida +100, Vegas -120
Golden Knights vs. Panthers over/under: 5.5 goals
Golden Knights vs. Panthers puck line: Vegas +1.5 (-285)
FLA: The Panthers are 8-1 in their last nine games playing on one days rest
VGK: The Golden Knights are 6-1 in their last seven vs. Eastern Conference
Golden Knights vs. Panthers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Golden Knights can cover
Right-wing Mark Stone is a smooth two-way attacking force for Vegas. Stone excels at creating takeaways due to his quick hands and active stick. The 31-year-old is third on the team in total points (19) with eight goals and 11 assists in the playoffs. He’s scored a goal in two of his last three games, including in his last outing when he finished with one goal and one assist.
Center Chandler Stephenson impacts the game the most as a facilitator. Stephenson has great speed and quickness to create space for his teammates. The 29-year-old can also finish plays around the goal and is tied for fourth on the squad in points (17) this postseason with eight goals and nine assists. In Game 3, Stephenson recorded two assists. See which team to pick here.
Why the Panthers can cover
Center Sam Bennett can line up at multiple spots on the ice due to his versatility. Bennett plays with high energy on both offense and defense as the 26-year-old can create offense for himself while owning good vision. Bennett has recorded 13 total points along with four goals and nine assists in the postseason. In Game 3, he posted two hits, an assist, and three shots on goal.
Center Aleksander Barkov is the complete package for the Panthers. Barkov has great size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and moves well on the ice. The 27-year-old generates plenty of velocity with his shots on goal and has amassed 14 total points with four goals and 10 assists during the postseason. On May 24 against the Carolina Hurricanes, Barkov finished with two assists. See which team to pick here.
How to make Golden Knights vs. Panthers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the goal total, as the simulations have the teams combining for 6.5 goals. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model’s Game 4 picks at SportsLine.