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The Edmonton Oilers will start the Stanley Cup down south as they take on the Florida Panthers in Game 1. Can Sergei Bobrovsky and the Panthers defense shut down the Oilers in the opening matchup? Matt McCuen provides his prediction and pick for Oilers vs. Panthers Game 1 of the Stanley Cup.
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Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers Prediction, Betting Pick, Latest Odds for Stanley Cup Game 1

The Florida Panthers will host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Tonight, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup will be played.

Florida will attempt to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Edmonton has not claimed a Stanley Cup since 1990.

OILERS VS. Panthers GAME 1 DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: June 8, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ABC, ESPN+

Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers Prediction

The Panthers found their way to the Stanley Cup a season ago, but came up short vs. the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Oilers reached the Western Conference finals last year, but also fell short against the Golden Knights.

Edmonton fell down 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals vs. the Dallas Stars.

The Oilers went down 2-0 on their home ice early in Game 4, and the season appeared to be in trouble.

Edmonton would storm back and score five consecutive goals to win the game and even the series.

Florida went down 2-1 vs. the New York Rangers.

The Panthers won three consecutive wins to claim their second-consecutive Eastern Conference Championship.

Left winger Matthew Tkachuk leads the Cats with 19 playoff points.

Center Carter Verhaeghe leads the squad with nine postseason goals.

Aleksander Barkov has added six goals and 11 assists.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been great in the playoffs with a 2.20 GA/G.

Connor McDavid has enjoyed an outstanding playoff run with a team-best 31 points.

Zach Hyman leads the Oilers with 14 goals in the playoffs.

Evan Bouchard has the best plus-minus of any Oilers player (+14).

Stuart Skinner was solid in the Western Conference finals. Skinner has a playoff GA/G of 2.50.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers Pick

This line should be closer to the -160 range.

The Panthers matchup extremely well in this series.

Both teams have offensive firepower, but the Cats have the advantage in terms of defense.

Bobrovsky is the better goaltender, which will be the x-factor in this series.

Pick: Florida Panthers ML -130 Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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