The Florida Panthers try to stay alive against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup Final series Tuesday. Puck drop at T-Mobile Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (TNT). Below, we analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Panthers vs. Golden Knights odds, and make our expert NHL picks and predictions.
The Golden Knights have just been too much for the Panthers and now lead the series 3-1 after securing a 3-2 road victory in Game 4 on Saturday. Vegas got out to a 3-0 lead in Game 4, and Florida made it interesting but just didn’t have enough in the tank. G Adin Hill has been great in the series with a 0.925 SV%.
We learned after the game that Florida LW Matthew Tkachuk suffered an undisclosed injury, and he’ll be a game-time decision for Game 5. G Sergei Bobrovsky has righted the ship after a couple of rough games, stopping 53 of 58 shots in Games 3 and 4. He will need to be even better than that to extend this series.
We cashed 3 of the 5 props in Game 4 and sit at 14-6 in the series.
Game 5: Best Panthers at Golden Knights prop bet picks
First Period OVER 1.5 total goals (-130)
This one did not cash for the first time in the series in Game 4. Florida should come out of the gates with more urgency in this elimination game. At -130, the price is right to back one more time.
Jonathan Marchessault OVER 0.5 Points (-165)
Marchessault had an assist in Game 4 and extended his points streak to 9 games but ended his goal streak at 4 games. He has his eyes on the Conn Smyth Trophy, and I’m sticking to this juiced-up point prop. His anytime goal odds at +105 are the least rewarding of the series, which is weird coming off his first game without a goal.
Will both teams score 2 or more goals? (including overtime and shoot-outs): YES (-165)
This one has cashed in every game of the series. Tkachuk’s health will play a part in this one, but he has been off the ice due to injury and penalties for a big chunk of the series. I look for another 4-2 kind of game.
Jack Eichel OVER 0.5 Assists (-110)
He hasn’t scored a goal in 11 games, but his price to score a point is -225, and his assist prop is -110. Going this route is just a no-brainer. He was kept off the scoresheet in Game 4 but had 5 assists in the first 3 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky UNDER 28.5 Saves (-110)
This is more of a strategy play than a fade against Bob. He has only made 29 saves once in this series and that was back in Game 1. If Vegas gets 3 or 4 on him, he’s probably coming out of the game facing elimination, and if Vegas gets a 2-goal lead, they are probably going to be playing some “keep away” with the puck. So I’m a little surprised the odds are this solid of a price.