Prediction and Best Bets: Panthers vs Hurricanes Game 1

Nate Hornung

Thu May 18 2023

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The NHL Eastern Conference Finals begin tonight in Carolina as the Hurricanes host the Florida Panthers. We’ve got our prediction and the best bets for tonight’s Game 1 matchup!

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Panthers vs Hurricanes Game 1

I won’t bore you with a series preview on this page because we already have one written! Go check out my article below on both NHL Conference Final Previews.

Matchup Information

  • Venue & Location: PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)
  • Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2023
  • Puck Drop: 8:00pm Eastern
  • Broadcast: TNT

Betting Odds

Odds courtesy of BetMGM.

$1,000 Risk-Free 1st Bet


  • Florida Panthers +1.5 (-225)
  • Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+180)


  • Florida Panthers +120
  • Carolina Hurricanes -145


  • Over 6 (+100)
  • Under 6 (-120)

Let’s breakdown tonight’s matchup!

Game 1 Prediction and Best Bet

Hurricanes in Reg (+110) BetMGM

I know, I know, back to the 60 minute line. But for good reason.

The Hurricanes have only had 2 of their playoffs game go into overtime, granted both of those were in Carolina. On the other hand, the Panthers have had 4 playoff games go to overtime, 3 of them being on the road.

However, between these two teams, we have had three games all decided by at least 2 goals. Florida shut out the Canes 3-0 at home, then the Canes shutout the Panthers, 4-0 at home. In the last meeting, the Canes beat the Panthers in a 10 goal contest in Florida, 6-4.

Tonight, for plus money, I’ll take the Hurricanes to establish themselves with a dominant home win. I’ll guess 4-1 Carolina.

$1,000 Risk-Free 1st Bet

Panthers vs Hurricanes Player Prop

Anton Lundell over 1.5 SOGs (-145) BetMGM

Lundell has hit this line in 61% of games this year, but 72% in road games. He clearly steps up his offensive game away from home.

In the playoffs, he has hit this in 9/12 games and has had at least 1 SOG in all 12 games.

Against the Canes, Lundell has only hit this in 1/3 games, but he had 1 SOG in all three games, and he’s hit in 4 of his L6 against Carolina dating back to last year.

In three games against Carolina this year, Lundell has totaled 4 SOGs on 14 Shot Attempts. He rips the puck against the Canes and in the playoffs, and tonight, I like him to get two for us.

$1,000 Risk-Free 1st Bet

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Nate Hornung
Nate Hornung

Nate has been a recreational sports bettor for about 4 years. In that time, he has grown to love the pursuit of winners and sticking it to The Man. Currently pursuing a Math degree, Nate hopes to get a better understanding of numbers to help him become a more profitable sports gambler, however he will be the first to tell you this game is about more than just stats.