NHL Betting Odds Suggest The Panthers Will Hoist Their First Stanley Cup

three Florida Panthers players celebrating

The end of the National Hockey League’s postseason draws near as the two champions of the Eastern and Western Conferences now descend upon the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Edmonton Oilers have beaten the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, and Dallas Stars to make it to the 2024 Stanley Cup Finals. During the NHL Playoffs, The Florida Panthers have removed the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers from contention.

This weekend’s Game 1 in Miami’s Amerant Bank Arena is already taking action at online sportsbooks, and the home team is projected to come out ahead.

Stanley Cup Finals Game 1

  • Saturday At 8:10 PM
  • Panthers Have Home Ice For Game 1

Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers Betting Line

  • Puck Spread: Oilers +1.5, Panthers -1.5
  • Moneyline: Oilers +112, Panthers -133
  • Over/Under: 5.5

Stanley Cup betting sites have placed the Panthers as a 1.5-goal favorite over the Oilers. Combining the over/under at the puck spread implies a final score of Panthers 3.5 (4), Oilers 2.

Unless Edmonton somehow comes away with a win on Saturday, it can be expected that Florida will be favored to go up 2-0 in the series in follow-up betting lines for Game 2.

2024 Stanley Cup Finals Series Prices

Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers

  • Puck Spread: Panthers -1.5, Oilers +1.5
  • Moneyline: Panthers -135, Oilers +115
  • Over/Under: 5.5
  • Florida Will Host Games 1, 2, 5*, and 7*
  • Edmonton Will Host Games 3, 4, and 6*

*if necessary

The current prices for the Stanley Cup Finals at online NHL sportsbooks rate the Panthers 50 points ahead of the Oilers in the moneyline odds to win. Both teams’ odds are close to even, and a road win could easily flip-flop what’s currently being offered.

Edmonton lost the first game on the road in their second-round series against the Canucks, and then tied it up in Vancouver in Game 2. The Oilers split Games 1 and 2 on the road against the Stars in the Western Conference Finals, this time taking the first and losing the second.

The point is that the Oilers have already proven they can win a playoff series without the home-ice advantage. They also have the recipe for splitting the first two contests on the road and winning one of them.

What’s On The Line For The Oilers And Panthers?

Although the Panthers have been to the Stanley Cup Finals three times, they have never won. This makes back-to-back seasons where Florida has reached the NH:L Finals, and oddsmakers almost universally believe this is the year they finally hoist the title.

The Oilers have won five Stanley Cups but have not done so since 1990. The last time Edmonton advanced this far into the postseason was in 2006, when they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Finals.

Fans in the Alberta, Canada, region are already working on a second generation of Oilers fans that haven’t tasted championship glory, so expect the atmosphere in Rogers Place to be raucous for Games 3 and 4.

Sources – Bovada 18+ Sportsbook (Bovada NHL Betting Site Review) | Official 2024 Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket Tracker