Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes 5/18/2023 – Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals will take place between the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at PNC Arena. The Florida Panthers are an overall 42-32-8 on the season after their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Carolina Hurricanes, on the other hand, took on the New Jersey Devils before coming here and are 52-21-9 on the table. The Carolina Hurricanes are predicted to win the first game of this set according to the best Stanley Cup predictions.
Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes 5/18/2023
When: Thursday, May 18, 8:00 PM ET
Where: PNC Arena Raleigh, NC
Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes 5/18/2023 Betting Odds:
|Panthers||+1.5 (-200)||5.5 o (-127)||+129|
|Hurricanes||-1.5 (+157)||5.5 u (+115)||-143|
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The Florida Panthers are coming here after a win in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs to conclude their set. The Panthers are scoring an average of 3.51 goals in each game and have been successful in 22.8 percent of their opportunities during powerplay. The Florida offense in this NHL season is being led by Matthew Tkachuk with 40 goals along with 69 assists this season, leading the team in both these areas. On defense, the Panthers are allowing opponents to score an average of 3.32 goals in every game played.
Players to watch: Matthew Tkachuk LW (G 5, A 11, PTS 16, Carter Verhaeghe C (G 5, A 7, PTS 12, Brandon Montour D (G 6, A 3, PTS 9.
The Carolina Hurricanes took on the New Jersey Devils before coming here and won most of the games in that particular series. The Hurricanes are scoring an average of 3.20 goals in each game and have been successful in 19.8 percent of their opportunities during powerplay. The Carolina offense in this hockey season is being headed by Martin Necas who has scored 28 goals while putting up 43 helpers so far. Defense-wise, the Hurricanes are allowing opponents to score an average of 2.55 goals in every game played.
Players to watch: Sebastian Aho C (G 5, A 5, PTS 10, Jordan Martinook LW (G 3, A 7, PTS 10, Seth Jarvis C (G 4, A 4, PTS 8.
Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 5 games.
Florida is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
Florida is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against Carolina.
Panthers is 6-0 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
Florida is 4-9 SU in their last 13 games when playing on the road against Carolina.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games.
Carolina is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
Hurricanes is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home.
Carolina is 9-4 SU in their last 13 games when playing at home against Florida.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Carolina’s last 10 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Carolina’s last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division.
Panthers vs Hurricanes Betting Picks
The Florida Panthers are allowing too many goals to get through and this will make them struggle in this matchup. The Hurricanes are not going to take this set of games lightly and will be using their strong defense to win here. The Carolina Hurricanes are favored to win here as per the latest NHL playoffs odds 2023.
Score Prediction: Hurricanes 4, Panthers 1.