Panthers vs Hurricanes Prediction - NHL Picks 5/20/23
Carolina Hurricanes (60-24-10) vs Florida Panthers (51-36-8)
Game Info: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 8:00 pm (PNC Arena)
Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -155 / Florida Panthers +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Florida Panthers will play the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of their series on Saturday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Florida Panthers won Game 1 of this series by a score of 3-2 in four overtimes. Matthew Tkachuk scored the game winning goal with 13 seconds left in the fourth overtime. Florida got two second period goals from Barkov and Verhaeghe and 63 saves from Bobrovsky in the win. Florida recorded 60 shots on goal and went 0-3 on the power play in Game 1. Matthew Tkachuk has led the Panthers this postseason with six goals, 11 assists, and 38 shots on goal, while Carter Verhaeghe has added six goals, eight assists, and 37 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky is 8-2 this postseason with a 2.43 goals against average and a .927 save percentage for Florida.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to bounce back in this game after a heart breaking loss in four overtimes in Game 1. Carolina led 1-0 at the end of the first period after a goal from Seth Jarvis, but allowed Florida to score two goals in the second period. The Hurricanes bounced back with a goal in the third period from Stefan Noesen, but couldn’t find a winning goal the rest of the way. Carolina recorded 65 shots on goal and went 2-6 on the power play in the loss. Sebastian Aho has led the Hurricanes this postseason with five goals, six assists, and 30 shots, while Seth Jarvis has added five goals, five assists, and 31 shots on goal. Frederik Andersen is 5-1 this postseason with a 1.65 goals against average and a .936 save percentage for Carolina.
Florida is 8-1 in their last 9 games and 13-3 in their last 16 road games. The under is 6-0 in Florida’s last 6 games. Carolina is 42-16 in their last 58 home games and 13-6 in their last 19 games against the Atlantic. The over is 7-3-1 in Carolina’s last 11 games. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.
These two teams played an incredible Game 1 in this series and we will see what they can do for an encore in this matchup. Carolina desperately needs a win in this game to avoid a two game deficit heading to Florida. The Hurricanes played well in Game 1, but Bobrovsky played a fantastic game for Florida. I think Carolina will be able to score a few more goals in this game and I like them to tie the series up.
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