- What: Game 5 of the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final
- Who: Florida Panthers vs. Vegas Golden Knights
- Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
- Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: TNT, truTV, CBC, SN, TVAS
With their 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final, the Vegas Golden Knights are one win away from claiming their first Stanley Cup. As for the Panthers, they are in the same spot they were in during the first round of the 2023 NHL playoffs, down 3-1. They came back to win that series against the Boston Bruins. Game 5 of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final takes place Tuesday, June 13, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before we look at the betting breakdown for that game, here is some background on how the Golden Knights and Panthers reached this point in the 2023 NHL postseason.
Vegas jumped to a 2-0 series lead over Florida, winning Game 1 in their home building and following that with a 7-2 victory in Game 2. The series moved to Florida for Game 3. Florida came from behind to tie that game and win in overtime. Florida nearly tied Game 4 in the final seconds, but Vegas goalie Adin Hill stood strong.
The Golden Knights and Panthers are both 0-1 in Stanley Cup Finals. The Colorado Avalanche swept the Panthers in 1996. As for the Golden Knights, they fell in five games to the Washington Capitals in 2018.
Before we look at Game 5 of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final series between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers, check out the best sites for NHL betting and our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup.
2023 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 betting picks
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Florida Panthers Game 5 Stanley Cup final betting breakdown
The Florida Panthers know they can come back from a 3-1 playoff deficit. They did so in the opening round of the 2023 NHL Eastern Conference playoffs when they beat the Boston Bruins in seven games. They’ll have to do the same thing against the Vegas Golden Knights if they hope to lift their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. One thing that might hurt the Panthers in that quest is that the team’s leading playoff scorer, and emotional leader, Matthew Tkachuk, is playing at less than 100 percent. Tkachuk played 16:40 of Game 4, which was his lowest ice time total of the 2023 NHL playoffs, and Panthers’ head coach Paul Maurice did not give an update on if Tkachuk will play or how much he will play if he’s available in Game 5.
Florida’s power play was solid in the first rounds of the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs. The team was clicking on 28 percent of its chances. The Panthers have not scored a power-play goal in the Stanley Cup Final. The team’s inability to capitalize on power play opportunities has hurt them against the Golden Knights.
If there has been one bright spot for Florida, outside of Game 2, when he was pulled after giving up four goals on 13 shots, it has been goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. He is doing everything he can to keep his team in this series.
Vegas Golden Knights Game 5 Stanley Cup final betting breakdown
The Vegas Golden Knights are a deep and balanced team. They don’t care who puts the puck in the net, and they don’t rely on specific players to do so. In the NHL Western Conference Final against the Dallas Stars, each of the 19 players who suited up for Vegas had at least one point. With defenseman Alec Martinez scoring a goal in Game 2, the Golden Knights are tied with the Seattle Kraken for most individual goal scorers in the playoffs with 18. In the first two games of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final, Vegas has had 16 of 18 players score at least one point. Another thing Vegas has done as a team is block shots. One of the reasons the Golden Knights have kept Florida off the scoreboard is that the team has combined for 97 blocked shots in the first four games of the series.
Jonathan Marchessault is leading Vegas in points and goals against the Panthers. He has seven points and four goals in the series. A member of the team since its first season, Marchessault will be in the mix for the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoffs MVP.
Another player in the Conn Smythe conversation will be goaltender Adin Hill. Essentially a fourth-string goalie for the Golden Knights, he became the teams starting playoff goalie because of injuries. Hill is 10-4 in the 2023 playoffs with a 2.11 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. His numbers against Florida are a .925 save percentage and a 2.21 goals against average.
2023 Stanley Cup Final Schedule
- Game 5 (at VGK): Tues., June 13, 8 p.m.
- Game 6 (at FLA): Fri., June 16, 8 p.m.
- Game 7 (at VGK): Mon., June 19, 8 p.m.
Best bets to win Game 5 of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final
For the entirety of the 2023 NHL playoffs, the Florida Panthers have relied on their ability to get their opposition off their game and goad them into penalties. That has not worked against the Vegas Golden Knights, who took their only penalty of Game 4, for shooting the puck out of play, in the final 10 seconds. Even when Vegas has taken penalties, Florida has been unable to score. Things look bleak for the Panthers before looking at NHL history.
Teams leading 3-1 in a seven-game Stanley Cup Final have won 36 of 37 series. The only team in NHL history to do so was the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, who came back to beat the Detroit Red Wings.
The betting pick for Game 5 of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final is for the Vegas Golden Knights to beat the Florida Panthers and claim their first Cup in franchise history.
Best 2023 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 betting pick: Florida Panthers to beat Vegas Golden Knights
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