Oilers vs. Panthers Game 5 NHL Top Pick: Florida to Wrap up Stanley Cup Finals on Home Ice

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Sam Reinhart #13 of the Florida Panthers celebrates after his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of Game Three of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place on June 13, 2024 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

The Edmonton Oilers finally beat Florida last time out, which put an end to their five-game losing streak against the Panthers. The problem now is they must win another three in a row if they wish to become Stanley Cup champions.

It’s very unlikely the Oilers win three in a row, and for Game 5 our money at top-rated sportsbooks is on the home team.

NHL Pick: Florida Panthers ML (-125) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 – 08:00 PM ET at Amerant Bank Arena 

Oilers Thump Florida in Game 4

Despite looking to bet on the Florida Panthers to win tonight, we must remember sports betting is all about seizing the opportunities, and last time out we cashed a nice bet as we predicted the Edmonton Oilers to win by 2+ goals at +210 NHL betting odds. This plus-money bet won easily with the Oilers coming away as 8-1 winners on the night. We did say the Oilers had a big game in them and we were correct last time out, but things will be different in Florida since the Panthers won’t roll over so easily in Game 5.

Florida never got going and found themselves down 5-1 at the start of the second period, which saw them then withdraw their number one goaltender to be rested for tonight’s game. They knew a 5-1 deficit wasn’t worth chasing on the road with the next game on home ice. Rember the Panthers need just one more game to win the Stanley Cup.

Florida Better on Home Ice

Edmonton has struggled on the road in recent games. Despite going 6-5 on the road throughout this season’s playoffs, the Oilers are only 2-5 in their previous seven road games, whilst the Florida Panthers are 8-3 on home ice during this season’s playoffs and are currently on a four-game winning streak on home ice.

The Panthers didn’t need to win the previous game, and we all know they would have liked to hoist Lord Stanley on home ice. We are not saying they lost on purpose, but when they went down 4-1 they pretty much gave up on the game and moved their focus to winning Game 5 instead. We believe they have decent odds to do so despite their NHL Stanley Cup betting odds.

The Pick

The Panthers have owned the Edmonton Oilers thus far during this series. The only game they lost was the one game they could afford to lose. We are ready to get behind the Panthers at -125 on the moneyline to wrap things up on home ice tonight for a 4-1 series win and a Stanley Cup victory.

Edmonton put a lot into game number four, they knew they had to win and they badly didn’t want a sweep in the finals. They can at least say they weren’t swept.

Who knows, maybe the Oilers will surprise us and win Game 5, taking the next game back to Edmonton where another home win would set things up for a showdown back In Florida. However, for now, that’s all irrelevant as they need to win tonight.

NHL Pick: Florida Panthers ML (-125) at BetOnline

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