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Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights features in our Panthers vs. Golden Knights picks.
Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrates his first period goal against Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final will have the Vegas Golden Knights looking to take a 2-0 series lead over the Florida Panthers. Here are our Panthers vs. Golden Knights picks based on the best NHL odds from our best sports betting apps.

The Vegas Golden Knights did their thing and put an early 1-0 deficit behind them en route to a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

However, the game was much closer than the 5-2 final score indicates, as the teams were tied at two heading into the third period. 

Here is our best Panthers vs. Golden Knights pick (odds via FanDuel; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Panthers vs. Golden Knights pick

Nick Cousins anytime goalscorer (+700 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐

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Panthers forward Nick Cousins had a goal on his stick early in the second period of Game 1 but a miraculous stick save by Golden Knights goalie Adin Hill thwarted that. 

That was one of Cousins' team-high seven shot attempts (and four shots on goal) in the game at 5-on-5, per Natural Stat Trick. He also had four scoring chances (three high-danger) to tie for the team lead.

Cousins actually led all Panthers forwards in 5-on-5 ice time in Game 1 at 15:10. He plays on the second line with Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk, so Cousins should find himself in some advantageous opportunities in the offensive zone.

Panthers vs. Golden Knights best odds

FanDuel (+700)

+360+700 🔥+360+360+360

Cousins anytime goalscorer is at +360 across the board except for at FanDuel, where they’re hanging a +700 line. 

Odds of +700 implies a 12.5% probability while +360 implies 21.74%. The fair price is probably somewhere in between those two as Cousins has just two goals in 17 playoff games, although both of them came within his last 10 games.

Panthers vs. Golden Knights odds

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Panthers vs. Golden Knights odds analysis

The Golden Knights are at between -133 (Sports Interaction) and -140 (FanDuel) on the moneyline after opening around -125 following the Game 1 victory. The Panthers are as high as +120 at DraftKings and BetMGM.

There is some variety in the totals offered for Game 2 with most books having the line set at 5.5 after opening at 6.

Panthers vs. Golden Knights game info

  • Date: Monday, June 5, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Panthers-Golden Knights pick made 6/4/23 at 8:08 p.m. ET.

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