The Vegas Golden Knights hit the road up 2-0 to face the Florida Panthers Thursday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Puck drop at FLA Live Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (TNT).
The Golden Knights have dominated the 1st 2 games by a combined score of 12-4. Goalie Adin Hill has emerged with 62 saves on 66 shots in the series thus far. C Jack Eichel gave everyone a scare when his left skate got stuck in the ice and sprung him forward as Panthers LW Matthew Tkachuk laid a big hit down that sent Eichel to the locker room. Eichel returned to deliver an assist early in the next period.
The Panthers appear to be on life support after taking 25 penalties in the 1st 2 games. G Sergei Bobrovsky, who was the MVP in the last couple of series, was yanked after allowing 4 goals in Game 2. But do not count these Panthers out. That’s when they have you. They have been chameleons all postseason and can switch up styles to beat you.
We had a clean sweep of 5-for-5 on prop bets in Game 2 and are now 9-1 in this series. Let’s see what opportunities Game 3 offers.
Game 3: Best Golden Knights at Panthers prop bet picks
Matthew Tkachuk OVER 3.5 shots (-110)
This one has only cashed in 7 of 18 games this postseason, but he cleared the threshold in Game 2 despite missing 10 minutes with a misconduct. Down 0-2, he’s going to be more aggressive offensively and more in control on the ice.
Aleksander Barkov OVER 2.5 shots (-130)
It looked like a switch went off for “Sasha” Barkov later in Game 2 when he became less of a facilitator and started shooting. He nearly had a goal, but Hill made a great save. He, more so than Tkachuk, needs to be aggressive offensively for this team to not fall down 3-0. He had 3 shots last game and had a streak of 4 in a row against Toronto and Carolina.
Totals: OVER 1.5 Goals in 1st Period (-125)
This one has cashed in both games despite VGK scoring the only 2 in Game 2. I look for more fast-paced action. The teams have felt each other out, tried to get them into the penalty box and I look for an early goal with the other team countering inside the period.
Jonathan Marchessault UNDER 3.5 Shots (-165)
Marchessault has been the star of this series alongside his netminder. He has goals in 3 straight and 6 of the last 7 games with points in all 7. Even in all of that scoring, he had 4 shots just once – in Game 2, which was a 7-2 laugher. If Florida wants to get back in this series, he needs to be kept in check.
Sergei Bobrovsky OVER 28.5 Saves (-105)
The one prop we lost in this series was Bob Over 29.5 saves in Game 1. He had 29 saves, the number we need here. After 29 saves in Game 1, he was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 13 shots. Entering this series, he had 30 saves in 5 straight games. So we’ll go back to the fiery well one more time at a smaller number.