Game four of an Eastern Conference Second Round series is set for Wednesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Florida Panthers. The Maple Leafs finally shook the first-round monkey off their back, but they are now just one loss away from getting swept right out of the playoffs. Below is my NHL pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers.
The Pick: Florida Panthers +105
This game will be played at FLA Live Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
✅ Florida is riding that playoff wave and have won six consecutive games.
✅ The Panthers have won nine of their last 12 home games against the Maple Leafs.
✅ Toronto has lost four of their last five games against Florida.
I’m sure Toronto sports radio is stayed nice and calm over the two-day break between game three and game four. The town was buzzing after their first round series win over Tampa Bay, but in a span of six days their season was put on the brink of being over. After a game three 3-2 defeat, Toronto will have to win four consecutive games to advance.
Toronto started well again as they got on the board just 2:26 into game three. The score stayed 1-0 until the Panthers tied the game up 2:36 into the second period. Toronto answered to retake the lead a few minutes later, but the Panthers answered again to tie the game up after the second period. It was a scoreless third period and it took just 3:02 into the overtime period to get the win and take a 3-0 series lead.
Sam Lafferty and Erik Gustafsson both scored for Toronto in the defeat. Four different Maple Leafs recorded an assist on the night.
The Florida Panthers Are Riding That Playoff Wave
Florida was one game away, and a breakaway save away, from being eliminated from the playoffs just two weeks ago, but now they are just one win away from making the Eastern Conference Finals. It has been quite the six game stretch for the Panthers and they will hope to keep that momentum and avoid a catastrophic collapse.
Sam Bennett scored the game winning goal and he was joined on the scoresheet by Anthony Duclair and Carter Verhaeghe. Four different Panthers recorded an assist in the game three win.