- What: Game 4 NHL Eastern Conference Finals
- Who: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers
- Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
- Location: FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS
The Florida Panthers are one win away from heading back to the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1996. The Panthers, who had never played for the Stanley Cup before that year, lost to the Colorado Avalanche in four games in that series. Florida has the Carolina Hurricanes on the ropes in the 2023 NHL Eastern Conference Finals, as the club holds a commanding 3-0 series lead over Carolina heading into tonight’s Game 4, which takes place on the Panthers’ home ice at FLA Live Arena.
Florida has won each game in the 2023 NHL Eastern Conference Finals by a single goal. The Panthers won Game 1 of the series 3-2 in Carolina in the fourth overtime. The club followed that with a 2-1 single overtime win in Game 2. On Monday night in Florida, the Panthers downed the Hurricanes 1-0. Matthew Tkachuk scored both of the team’s overtime game-winners. Sam Reinhart potted the only goal in Game 3. Sergei Bobrovsky picked up the shutout in Game 3 with 32 saves. It was the first playoff shutout win of his NHL career, which began in 2011 with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Before we look at Game 4 of the 2023 NHL Eastern Conference Finals series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers, check out the best bets for the 2023 NHL Western Conference Finals and our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers betting picks for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals
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Carolina Hurricanes betting breakdown
Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour is frustrated. “How are you not frustrated?” Brind’Amour said after Monday’s Game 3 loss. “There’s times when you lose, and you’re frustrated because you got beat, but if feels like we’re losing, but we’re not really getting beat, and that’s where it gets frustrating.”
The Hurricanes are playing well, but they are not scoring. This is not a new development for the club in the playoffs. If you remove the series against the New Jersey Devils, the Hurricanes have scored two or fewer goals in seven of nine playoff games. That’s not great, especially when that team comes up against a hot playoff goaltender, which is happening to Carolina right now.
Carolina has three players with two points this series in Seth Jarvis, Sebastian Aho, and Stefan Noesen. Jarvis and Noesen’s points were each goals. The other Carolina player with a goal is Jalen Chatfield.
Carolina has tried two goaltenders in this series. Frederick Andersen is 0-1-1 with a .948 save percentage and a 1.22 goals against average. Antti Raanta is 0-0-1 in this series with a .923 save percentage to go along with a goals against average of 1.94. In short, goaltending is not the problem for the Hurricanes against the Panthers.
Florida Panthers betting breakdown
Hockey fans waiting for the Florida Panthers and the team’s veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to falter continue to wait. Florida eliminated the best team of the 2023 NHL regular season, the Boston Bruins, in Round 1. The team followed that by sending the potential Cinderella-story Toronto Maple Leafs to the golf course in Round 2. The Panthers are now one game away from ending the Carolina Hurricanes 2023 playoff run. Carolina finished the 2023 NHL regular season with 21 more points than the Panthers.
Bobrovsky is now 10-1 in his past 11 playoff games. Since the first game of the Toronto series, Bobrovsky has not allowed more than two goals in any outing. Over the course of those games, he has stopped 296 of 309 shots for a .958 save percentage. Breaking things down further, Bobrovsky has stopped 109 of the last 110 shots he’s faced.
Matthew Tkachuk has continued his outstanding regular season play for the Panthers. In his first playoff year with the team, Tkachuk is leading the Panthers in points (19), goals (seven), and assists (12). In addition, Tkachuk was responsible for the game winning goals in the two games that went into overtime in the Carolina series.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers Eastern Conference Finals schedule
- Game 4: Wed., May 24: Hurricanes at Panthers, 8 p.m.; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
- Game 5*: Fri., May 26: Panthers at Hurricanes, 8 p.m.; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
- Game 6*: Sun., May 28: Hurricanes at Panthers, 8 p.m.; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
- Game 7*: Tue., May 30: Panthers at Hurricanes, 8 p.m.; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
Best bets for the Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers Game 4
This has been a low-scoring series. That is not going to change in an elimination game. The best bet for Game 4 of the 2023 NHL Eastern Conference Finals is to go with under 5.5 goals being scored in the contest. As for which team will win this game, the Hurricanes present some value, and it almost seems unthinkable that the Panthers could sweep them. However, Florida has been outstanding in its home arena over its last four games, where they have held their past three opponents to four total goals. Also working against Carolina is that the team has lost four of its past five games at FLA Live Arena. Therefore, the betting pick is for the Panthers to close out the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals in Game 4 and move on to the 2023 Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars or the Vegas Golden Knights.
Pick: Florida Panthers to beat Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals.
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