Hurricanes vs. Panthers Game 3 Predictions, Odds & Props: Carolina in Must-Win Mode

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The Florida Panthers hold the upper hand in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final, with a 2-0 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes heading into Game 3 at home tonight.

Let’s get to Panthers vs. Hurricanes Game 3 predictions, odds, and props, and take a look at the updated series price and NHL futures.

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Hurricanes vs. Panthers Game 3 Odds

BetMGM is dealing the Panthers as -115 favorites on the moneyline for Game 3, per NHL odds on Monday morning. The Hurricanes are -105 underdogs.

The total is set at 5.5 with standard -110 odds on both sides of the bet.

Here are Hurricanes vs. Panthers moneylines, puck lines, and totals at top-rated sportsbooks.

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Hurricanes vs. Panthers Series Price + NHL Futures Odds

The Panthers are a -425 favorite at DraftKings to win the series, with the Hurricanes  +330 to come back and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Florida is the second betting choice at +155 behind Vegas (+125) in Stanley Cup futures at DraftKings. Carolina is +750 as of Monday, with Dallas rounding out current Cup futures at +800.

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Hurricanes vs. Panthers Game 3 Betting Trends

Matthew Tkachuk played the role of hero again for Florida with another OT game-winner in Game 2. The Panthers are in the catbird seat entering Game 3 with a chance to sweep the series on Wednesday at home.

Nearly two-thirds of bettors at DraftKings like the Hurricanes +1.5 goals on the puck line tonight. Carolina (-105) is attracting 74% of the handle on the moneyline, but the majority of bets are on Florida at 56%.

The first two games of the series have gone Under 5.5, and 60% of handle and 59% of bets are on that outcome tonight. Over bettors received no favors after early goals by both teams in Game 2 were overturned with reviews for offsides.

The Panthers are now heavy favorites to win the NHL’s Eastern Conference title. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

It was a month ago when the Panthers got drilled by the Bruins, 6-2, to go down 3-1 in their opening-round series. Many observers had written Florida off, but the Panthers have reeled off nine wins in their last 10 games since then.

They dispatched both Boston and Toronto, two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams this season. Is Carolina next? We’ll see, but let’s check some Game 3 props first.

Hurricanes vs. Panthers Game 3 Prop Bets

Here are Hurricanes vs. Panthers series props at BetMGM.

Winning Margin (excluding OT)

  • Hurricanes to win by one goal (+675)
  • Panthers to win by one goal (+625)
  • Hurricanes to win by two goals (+700)
  • Panthers to win by two goals (+650)
  • Hurricanes to win by three goals (+700)
  • Panthers to win by three goals (+650)

Goal Scorer, First & Anytime

  • Matthew Tkachuk (+950 first, +135 anytime)
  • Carter Verhaeghe (+1050, +150)
  • Sebastian Aho (+1050, +150)
  • Aleksander Barkov (+1200, +185)
  • Martin Necas (+1300, +195)
  • Sam Bennett (+1300, +195)

3-Way Result (not including OT)

  • Hurricanes +145
  • Draw +310
  • Panthers +135

Hurricanes vs. Panthers Game 3 & Series Predictions

This series hasn’t gone as scripted for the Hurricanes, one of the NHL’s best teams on home ice in the playoffs the past two years. Carolina surprisingly dropped both games at PNC Arena, and now clings to its playoff life heading into Game 3 at Florida tonight.

Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour’s team hasn’t been dominated so far. The Canes have come out on the short end of two hard-fought games. Carolina again rated the edge in shots on goal, 38-26, in Game 2. These are two evenly-matched teams, and we don’t expect the Canes to go out quietly.

That’s why we’ll target the Over on Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky‘s saves again tonight. DraftKings released goalie props as of Monday afternoon, and Bobrovsky’s total is set at 30.5 (-120). The veteran net minder made 63 saves in Florida’s 3-2 quadruple overtime win in Game 1. He followed up that Herculean effort with 37 saves in Game 2.

It’s a little disappointing that you can’t find plus-money on the Hurricanes on the moneyline tonight. The best price we could find was Carolina -104 at FanDuel. That’s the bet tonight knowing that a 3-0 series deficit will be a death knell for the Canes.

At -425, Florida has an 80.95% implied probability of winning the series. Odds are they will, but who wants to run the risk at that price?

How to Watch Hurricanes vs. Panthers Game 3

Date: Monday, May 22, 2023
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, Florida
Channel: TNT

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Kris Johnson is a senior writer at Gaming Today with more than 15 years of experience as a sports journalist. Johnson's work has appeared in Sports Business Daily, Sports Business Journal, NASCAR Illustrated, and other publications. He also authored a sports betting novel titled The Endgame.

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