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We’re down to the final four teams left in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, and Vegas Golden Knights will compete for hockey’s holy grail.
In the West, the number one seed Vegas Golden Knights will take on the number four seed Dallas Stars. Vegas has been the Canadian team killer in these playoffs, taking the Jets out in round one and the Oilers out in round two.
Vegas lost their first game of the playoffs but ever since, have won eight of their last 10 games. Vegas will need Adin Hill to continue his strong play. He made a tremendous 38 saves on 40 shots to close the Oilers out in game six.
Dallas went through the Minnesota Wild in six games and the Seattle Kraken in seven games. The backbone of the Stars is goaltender Jake Oettinger, who has won the most games of any goalie this playoffs.
The Stars have watched forward Roppe Hintz take the next step to stardom in these playoffs, the 6’3 centre is second behind only Connor McDavid in playoff scoring with 19 points in 13 games. Game one of this series will take place on Friday night.
In the East, the second-seeded Hurricanes will take on the eighth-seeded Florida Panthers. Carolina has dealt with tremendous adversity this season as forwards Max Pacioretty and Andrei Svechnikov are both out for the season due to injuries. Carolina, despite the injuries, has only lost three games these playoffs.
Freddie Andersen has been brilliant for the Hurricanes, posting an astonishing .931 save% and a 1.80 goals against average. Jaccob Slavin has patrolled the defensive unit for the Canes, leading the playoffs in plus/minus with a +14 rating.
Florida is the shock of the playoffs, not just defeating the best regular season team of all time in the Bruins, but doing so after being down 3-1. They then defeated the Leafs in five games despite being a heavy underdog on Betway.
Matthew Tkachuk this playoffs has cemented himself as having the greatest season in Panthers franchise history. Tkachuk has scored 16 points in 12 games and ranks second behind only Hintz in playoff points for active players.
Bobrovsky has regained Vezina form winning seven out of eight games for the Panthers while posting a very respectable .918 save%. Here is a goalie prop I like for tonight’s game.
This is going to be an interesting series. The Florida Panthers led the NHL in shots per game during the regular season and the Carolina Hurricanes were second best in the NHL at suppressing shots in the regular season.
These two teams matched up in the last game of the season and the Panthers registered 34 shots on Andersen. The Panthers averaged 33 shots per game on the road last series against the Leafs. I like the over 26.5 tonight as I expect the Panthers to come out firing.