- What: Game 4 NHL Eastern Conference Round 2 Playoffs
- Who: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers
- Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023
- Location: FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida
- Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS
The Florida Panthers have not lost a playoff game since the Boston Bruins defeated them 6-2 on April 26. Since that setback, the Panthers are 6-0 in the 2023 NHL playoffs. They finished their series against the Bruins, who were the top team during the 2023 NHL regular season, in seven games with three straight wins to move on to the second round of the postseason. Florida is now up 3-0 in the team’s second-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tonight, the Panthers look to extend their 2023 NHL playoff winning streak to seven straight and finish off the slumping Maple Leafs at home in Florida in Game 4 of the 2023 NHL Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Maple Leafs opened the scoring in the past two games against the Panthers, jumping to a 2-0 lead in Game 2 and a 1-0 lead in Game 3, but Toronto was unable to hold on to either of those leads, dropping Game 2 to Florida 3-2 in regulation, and losing Game 3 by the same score in overtime. Toronto, who will be without their starting goaltender, Ilya Samsonov, faces elimination tonight in Florida.
Game 4 of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers 2023 NHL playoff series takes place at FLA Live Arena on Wednesday night. Before we look at the betting breakdown for that game, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers betting picks for Game 4
|To Win Game 4 Eastern Conference Playoff Series|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||-116||-120||-125||-125||-120|
Toronto Maple Leafs betting breakdown
The era of good feeling is over for the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the team’s first-round win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the clubs first playoff series win since they made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2004, hopes were high that 2023 might be the year the Leafs would make a deep run in the playoffs. Toronto, who has struggled to hold leads against the Panthers in this second round series, needs to win four games in a row to move to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Maple Leafs have struggled in the 2023 NHL playoffs when they have scored three or fewer goals. The team’s record in those games is 1-5. Toronto has scored two goals in each of its three games against the Panthers. The issue the Maple Leafs face is that Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky heads into Game 4 with a 1.97 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in this series.
Toronto lost starting goaltender Ilya Samsonov in Game 3 of the Panthers series. Joseph Woll relived Samsonov in that game, giving up three goals on 21 shots in 42:25 of action. Woll has not started in net for the Maple Leafs during the 2023 NHL playoffs. In his other relief duty this postseason, Woll allowed one goal on five shots in 20 minutes of play in a 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Florida Panthers betting breakdown
After following behind 2-1 in their series against the Boston Bruins, the Florida Panthers have not lost a game. During the team’s current six-game playoff winning streak, which is a franchise record, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 21-17.
Matthew Tkachuk has been the emotional leader of the Panthers during the 2023 NHL playoffs. Tkachuk is also leading the team in scoring with 15 points. Florida’s top goal scorer is Brandon Montour, who has scored six times in the postseason. Tkachuk and Sam Reinhart, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 3 of this series, each have five goals.
Sergei Bobrovsky is 6-1 during the 2023 NHL playoffs in the Panthers’ net. He has a .909 save percentage for the playoffs and a 3.13 goals against average.
The Panthers don’t need to change anything heading into Game 4.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers Playoff Series Schedule
- Game 4*: Wed., May 10: Maple Leafs at Panthers, 7 p.m.; ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS
- Game 5*: Fri., May 12: Panthers at Maple Leafs, TBD; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
- Game 6*: Sun., May 14: Maple Leafs at Panthers, TBD; SN, CBC, TVAS
- Game 7*: Tue., May 16: Panthers at Maple Leafs, TBD; TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS
Best bets for Game 4 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers
The Toronto Maple Leafs have not played well during their series against the Florida Panthers. They have struggled to hold the lead and have been outshot in each of the three games of this series. Now, in Game 4, they will be without their starting goaltender. That’s a recipe for a sweep from the Florida Panthers. The best bet for this game is to pick the Florida Panthers to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 and then get some rest while the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes decide their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series.
Pick: Florida Panthers to beat Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the 2023 NHL Eastern Conference playoffs semifinals.
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