The Florida Panthers can advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 4 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday. Sportsbook review betting analyst Neil Parker shares his thoughts and top pick based on the latest NHL odds from our best sports betting apps.
It’s all on the line for the Hurricanes after Panthers starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky posted a 32-save shutout in Game 3 and put them on the brink of elimination.
Here is our best Hurricanes vs. Panthers pick for Game 4 (odds via our best NHL betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
Hurricanes vs. Panthers pick
Team total: Hurricanes Over 2.5 goals (-130 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
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Add a splash of inept shooting to a dash of elite goaltending and you arrive at Carolina scoring a single goal across 222:40 of five-on-five ice time through the first three games of the Western Conference Final.
Make no mistake, goaltending has been the No. 1 reason why goals have been so difficult to come by. Bobrovsky deserves to be the Conn Smythe Trophy favorite after turning away 132 of 135 shots in the series.
Still, I’m anticipating the pendulum to swing in the opposite direction with a number of Hurricanes’ five-on-five metrics in line with their regular-season and playoff numbers entering the East Final.
|Five-on-five statistics||Goals per 60 minutes||Team shooting percentage||Expected goals per 60 minutes||High-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes|
|Rounds 1 and 2||2.93||8.94%||2.9||13.11|
Finally, Carolina has driven possession with a 54.7 Corsi For percentage and generated 56.9% of the expected goals at five-on-five when adjusted for score and venue. Despite the Hurricanes trailing 0-3, this has been a competitive series, and I’m expecting the Carolina offense to finally break out and solve Bobrovsky on Wednesday.
Hurricanes vs. Panthers best odds
|Hurricanes Over 2.5 goals||Hurricanes Over 2.5 goals||Hurricanes Over 2.5 goals||Hurricanes Over 2.5 goals||Hurricanes Over 2.5 goals|
|-130 🔥||-132||-133||-137 ❄️||N/A|
There isn’t a huge variance in the available odds for the Carolina team total across our best sports betting apps. I grade this as a three-star recommendation between -130 and -135.
Hurricanes vs. Panthers odds
Hurricanes vs. Panthers odds analysis
|Hurricanes +1.5||-260 🔥||-275||-278||-280||-281 ❄️|
The numbers across our best NHL betting sites have tightened, and there aren’t many significant edges to be found – especially on the moneyline prices.
|Over||5.5 (+105)||5.5 (+102)||5.5 (+105)||5.5 (+100) ❄️||5.5 (+105)|
|Under||5.5 (-125)||5.5 (-124) 🔥||5.5 (-125)||5.5 (-130) ❄️||5.5 (-125)|
Hurricanes vs. Panthers game info
- Date: Wednesday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET
- TV: TNT, Sportsnet
- Location: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL
Hurricanes-Panthers pick made 5/23/23 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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