Game two of the Eastern Conference Finals is set for Saturday night when the Florida Panthers visit the Carolina Hurricanes. It took four overtimes in game one and that may be a sign that we are in for a long series between these two teams. Below is my NHL pick for the Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes.

Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes Betting Pick

The Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -143

This game will be played at PNC Arena at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023.

Why Bet the Carolina Hurricanes:

✅ Carolina has won 10 of their last 14 games played.

✅ The Hurricanes have been good at home winning eight of their last 10 at PNC Arena.

✅ Carolina is too good at home to lose two in a row to being this series.

Florida Panthers Still Riding the Wave

The Florida Panthers continued their unbelievable run with a fantastic start to this series Thursday night. Florida was lucky to get into the playoffs and now they are just three wins away, with home ice advantage, away from playing for the Stanley Cup. Game one was a classic playoff game that took four overtimes to give us a winner.

It all got started late in the first period when Seth Jarvis scored on the powerplay with just 12 seconds left in the period. Carolina led 1-0 until late in the second when the Panthers scored two goals in two minutes and 15 seconds to grab a 2-1 advantage heading into the third. Stefan Noesen tied the game up 3:47 into the third period and that was the last goal we would see for a while. Florida thought they won the game in the first overtime, but the goal was overturned due to goalie interference. This game was heading towards a fifth overtime period when Matthew Tkachuk finally ended this one with just 13 seconds left in the period. The sixth longest game in NHL history went the way of the Panthers.

Tkachuk was joined on the scoresheet by Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe. Four different Panthers recorded an assist on the night. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 63 of the 65 shots he faced in the game.

The Carolina Hurricanes Will Be Hurting

This loss will leave Carolina hurting, and tired, leading up to game two, but they will have to rebound quickly. Carolina must win game two because Florida is riding some wave that does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Seth Jarvis and Stefan Noesen both scored on the night. Four different Hurricanes recorded an assist in the loss. Frederik Andersen stopped 57 of the 60 shots he faced on the night.