Prediction & Best Bet: Stanley Cup Finals Game 1

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We have finally made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. One more series to crown a champion begins tonight, and we’ve got our best bet and prediction for the Game 1 matchup!

After a grueling season, we are finally down to two final teams: The Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights.

We broke down the entire series here, but today we’ll just break down Game 1.

Check out our Conn Smythe Trophy Prediction as well!

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Panthers vs Golden Knights Game 1 Preview

I won’t run through a recap of how we got here, because you can check that out here!

Regardless, we are in for a great Stanley Cup Finals and a great story no matter the outcome.

The last team to make the playoffs in the East, going up against the #1 overall seed in the West.

A true David vs. Goliath.

And it all starts tonight.

Matchup Information

  • Venue & Location: T-Mobile Arena
  • Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2023
  • Puck Drop: 8:00pm Eastern
  • Broadcast: TNT, TBS

Betting Odds

Odds courtesy of BetOnline


  • Florida Panthers +1.5 (-250)
  • Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (+195)


  • Florida Panthers +110
  • Vegas Golden Knights -130


  • Over 5.5 (-115)
  • Under 5.5 (-105)

Panthers vs Knights Game 1 Prediction

I think we see a high scoring game to start this series. Sergei Bobrovsky is due for a little regression after playing out of his mind, and this Vegas Golden Knights team has proven to be able to score against great goalies. We’re in for a great Stanley Cup Finals!

Because of this, I’ve got a lean on the total and a player prop!

Over 5.5 (-115) BetMGM

Like I said, I think we see a lot of offense to start this exciting series.

Both offenses have shown they’re capable of producing chances, while both defenses have exposed some holes. Both goalies have been playing great, and Bobrovsky specifically out of his mind, but I think too many chances will be created tonight.

I think the Knights win this one 5-3.

Jonathan Marchessault Over 0.5 Point (-150) BetOnline

This guy has been incredible for the Knights this playoffs, and because of that, his name is mentioned along side the Conn Smythe Trophy.

He hits this number in 57% of games on the season, and 60% in the playoffs. Marchessault also has been incredible the last few games specifically.

He has a point in 8 of his L10, including 5 multi-point games. He also has a point in five straight games, including two multi-point games. Marchessault has 9 goals in his L10 games, including one goal in 4 of his L5.

We’re sticking with the hot hand tonight.

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Nate Hornung
Nate Hornung

Nate has been a recreational sports bettor for about 5 years. In that time, he has grown to love the pursuit of winners and sticking it to The Man. Nate loves data and uses his understanding of numbers to help him be a more profitable sports gambler, however he will be the first to tell you this game is about more than just stats.

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