Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Prediction, Odds, Trends: Panthers vs. VGK Series Price Widens

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The Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers take the ice tonight for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas won the series opener, 5-2, to take a one-game lead over Florida. The puck drops at 8 p.m. on TNT in Paradise, Nevada.

Vegas is a slight favorite at home to extend the series lead to 2-0, and the Golden Knights’ series price has shortened to -220 at DraftKings Sportsbook.  Let’s jump into Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 odds and predictions and look at updated series prices around the sports betting market.

Odds for Game 2 of Panthers vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Final

Vegas is once again a favorite in Monday’s matchup, with sportsbooks dealing in the -140 range for Game 2. Florida can be had at +120 odds on BetMGM as of Monday morning.

Total goals is set at 5.5 with juice on the Over.

These are the current Stanley Cup odds for Game 2 offered on the best sports betting apps. We recommend always shopping around multiple books for the best possible odds in order to maximize wins and minimize losses.

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Stanley Cup Final Updated Series Price

Heading into the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Golden Knights had among the shortest odds to win it all with a price point of +1800 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Panthers were one of the field’s longshots with odds around +5000. When down 3-1 to the President’s Trophy-winning Bruins in the first round, Florida’s Stanley Cup odds were north of +10000.

For the Panthers vs. Golden Knights series odds, Vegas opened as slight favorites to win it all. With a one-game lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Golden Knights’ odds to win is now -220 at DraftKings. This means you’d have to risk $220 to win $100.

The best series price we’re seeing on the Panthers as of Monday morning is +205 at Caesars Sportsbook (bet $100 to win $205).

DraftKingsFanDuelBetMGM (Code TODAY)Caesars (Code 'TODAYFULL')
Vegas Golden Knights-220-240-225-250
Florida Panthers+180+200+175+205

Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Betting Preview

The Vegas Golden Knights got the 5-2 win in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon to go up 1-0 in the series.

Jonathan Marchessault and the Golden Knights are our pick for a Stanley Cup Final Game 2 prediction.
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Jonathan Marchessault (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Florida struck first with a shorthanded goal halfway through the opening period. After Nick Cousins was sent to the box for a roughing call on Vegas goaltender Adin Hill, Eric Staal scored a wraparound goal to give the Cats an early 1-0 lead.

Vegas responded with a Jonathan Marchessault wrister in the waning minutes of the first period. Marchessault’s 10th goal of the postseason evened up the scoreboard, 1-1.

Both teams would swap goals in the second period to head into the final period tied at two. Shea Theodore scored his first goal of the 2023 NHL postseason halfway through the period to put Vegas up, 2-1. Anthony Duclair evened up the score late in the second period with a solo wrist shot.

It was all Vegas in the third. The Golden Knights blanketed the Panthers 3-0 in the final period to give the Golden Knights a one-game lead in the best-of-seven series.

Zach Whitecloud, Mark Stone, and Reilly Smith all found the back of the net in a chippy third period for the Golden Knights.

The Vegas Golden Knights converted two of their seven power play opportunities into goals — although they did allow the Panthers to score shorthanded. The Panthers failed to convert on any of their three power play opportunities on Saturday night. Sloppy play, particularly in the third period, doomed the Panthers, who committed 11 penalties to Vegas’ five.

Both teams managed to get off a slew of shots, with the Cats narrowly outshooting the Knights, 35-34.

The normally sure-handed Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t have his best day in the net for the Florida Panthers. The veteran netminder saved 29 of the 34 shots he faced. Vegas’ Hill — who was buried in the depth chart months ago — saved 33 of the 35 shots he faced in goal.

Stanley Cup Final Schedule

  • Game 1: Vegas won 5-2
  • Game 2: Mon, June 5 at Vegas
  • Game 3: Thur, June 8 at Florida
  • Game 4: Sat, June 10 at Florida
  • Game 5: Tue, June 13 at Vegas (if needed)
  • Game 6: Fri, June 16 at Florida (if needed)
  • Game 7: Mon, June 19 at Vegas (if needed)

Stanley Cup Final Betting Trends

Both the Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights are on a quest for the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup. The Knights reached the finals in their inaugural season five years ago but lost to the Washington Capitals. As for the Panthers, they lost their lone Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 1996 to the Colorado Avalanche.

Before betting on which of these two Sun Belt teams will secure their first title, these are some Panthers vs. Golden Knights trends to consider.

Florida Panthers Betting Trends

  • Florida is 8-2-0 in their previous ten matchups
  • The Panthers have scored 2.6 goals per game and have allowed 2.0 goals per game over that ten-game stretch
  • Florida is 0-6 on the moneyline in their last six games played in Vegas
  • The under has gone 8-2 in Florida’s previous ten games

Vegas Golden Knights Betting Trends

  • Vegas is 7-2-1 in their previous 10 matchups
  • The Golden Knights have scored 3.6 goals per game and have allowed 2.3 goals per game over that ten-game stretch
  • Vegas is 6-0 on the moneyline in their last six games against the Panthers played on home ice
  • The over has gone 4-1 in Vegas’ previous five games on home ice

Prediction for Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final: Knights Extend Series Lead

Florida started off about as well as they could, scoring first and relying on strong goaltending and timely shots in the series opener. Unfortunately for Panthers fans and bettors, the Golden Knights showed up to play in front of their home crowd.

Vegas’ goaltender Adin Hill stole the show with several impressive saves that succeeded in blowing up several of the Panthers’ quality chances. The Knights may not be able to depend upon that level of play from Hill in every game, but expect the youngster to ride that momentum into another impressive outing in Game 2 tonight.

The Panthers have never beaten the Knights in Vegas and don’t expect that tide to turn tonight. The Cats need their offense to play at the top of their game, and Florida coach Paul Maurice will bring out all the stops in an attempt to even up the series.

Few teams have managed to succeed in limiting a Vegas roster stacked with talented skaters. The Golden Knights’ 67 playoff goals lead all postseason teams this year, and standout front-liners Jack Eichel and Marchessault will keep the pressure on the Florida backline.

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Prediction: Vegas 4, Florida 2

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