Game four of the Eastern Conference Finals is set for Wednesday night when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Florida Panthers. This series has been tight, but the Panthers are now just one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Below is my NHL pick for the Carolina Hurricanes vs Florida Panthers.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Florida Panthers Betting Pick
The Pick: Florida Panthers -107
This game will be played at FLA Live Arena at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
Why Bet the Florida Panthers:
✅ Florida is the hottest team in the world right now having won 10 of their last 11 games played.
✅ The Panthers have won four of their last five home games against the Hurricanes.
✅ Carolina has lost four of their last six games played.
Carolina Hurricanes Offense Has Disappeared
The Carolina Hurricanes are going to be thinking about this series for years to come as they are just one shot here or there from being up 3-0 in this series. Instead, they are trailing 3-0, are one game away from heading to the beach, and have to go up against a goalie who is on an all-time heater.
Game three was not the best game to watch as there was a lot of play between the blue lines, a ton on penalties, and just one goal. There was no scoring in the first period, but the Hurricanes were all over the Panthers and a goal was sure to come. However, it was the Panthers who got on the board first by scoring eight seconds into a powerplay, 10:05 into the second period, to make it 1-0. That was all the Panthers needed as they currently have a brick wall in net.
It won’t make the Hurricanes feel any better but they outshot Florida 32-17, and looked like the better team. The issue was Carolina could not stop taking penalties as they killed off three of four and gave up the game winning goal when they were in the midst of taking three consecutive penalties. Carolina is not out of this series, but it will be tough.
The Florida Panthers Are a Team of Destiny
Florida is at the point where they can play poorly and still beat one of the better teams in the NHL. The Panthers will, most likely, not be favored in the Stanley Cup, but it would not be smart to bet against this team right now.
Sam Reinhart scored his eighth goal of the postseason and he was assisted by Matthew Tkachuk, his 12th, and Sam Bennett, his seventh. Sergei Bobrovsky pitched a shutout after stopped all 32 shots on his net. Bobrovsky has now stopped 67 consecutive shots and 110 of his last 111. An all-time run by the veteran goalie.