The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on TNT. The Panthers won the first two games of this series on the road with both games going into overtime. Carolina has proven to be a very resilient team and I don’t think they will go down without a fight. And keep in mind that both of the first two games in Carolina could have gone either way. "We've been kicked in the teeth here a lot these last few years and we've always responded," coach Rod Brind'Amour said to the media. "I'm pretty sure we will the next game." The problem for Carolina at home was offense, as they scored just three goals in two games.
There is no question that Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been a key player for the Panthers. Carolina outshot the Panthers by a 103-86 margin in the first two games of this series. "Obviously, we'd like to get a few more goals, especially when we're buzzing like that," center Jordan Staal said to the media after Game 2. "We had our chances, we had our looks to score a lot more than that, and they didn't go in.
The Panthers have been underestimated throughout these Stanley Cup Playoffs. They were down 3-1 in their series against the Bruins but then rallied to win the next three games and they have won 9 of their last 10 overall. They have won all six of their overtime games in the playoffs. Bobrovsky has been leading the way and he believes in this team. "I have a belief," Bobrovsky said to the media. "We have a great group of guys. Again, it's a privilege for me to be in the group of guys and to help these guys as well."
The Panthers have also gotten a lot from forward Matthew Tkachuk who scored both of the game winners in Carolina. "He's been huge for us," captain Aleksander Barkov said of Tkachuk to the media. "Not just scoring goals, not just making plays. It's everything about being a hockey player, being a leader on the team. He's doing everything as good as possible."
The Hurricanes are 29-14 in their last 43 games playing with one day of rest. The Panthers are 73-34 in their last 107 home games. The Over is 5-1 in the Hurricanes last 6 road games and the Over is 7-2-1 in the Hurricanes last 10 games playing with one day of rest. The Under is 4-0 in the Panthers last 4 games playing with one day of rest. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in this series and the Hurricanes are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Florida. The Over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings in Florida.
Wednesday, May 24 NHL Playoffs Same Game Parlay Picks
There is no question that the Panthers have been underrated in these Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can make a case that they are still undervalued. The Panthers were at home in Game 3 and yet the odds on the game were virtually a pick. Florida was a solid home team during the regular season but Carolina was a good road team. The value in Game 4 will be on the Panthers at home. People still can’t believe the Panthers are as good as they have been. Don’t put me in that category. The Panthers are not only good enough to win this series, they are good enough to win the Stanley Cup. I think there is value on the Panthers in Game 4, so I will make that the first half of the parlay.
The total on Game 4 is 5.5 and that is no surprise. You would think that taking the under would be the way to go, but I am not so sure. Carolina and Florida are very capable offensive teams and when I looked at the stats with the games being played in Florida, they pointed to a higher scoring game. I’ll go over the total as the second half of the same game parlay.
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