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Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers Game 1: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

Game 1 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final is here after a long layoff, with the Florida Panthers hosting the Edmonton Oilers. 

We look set to have an evenly matched series, so to get you prepared for the action, we’ve shared our best Oilers vs. Panthers predictions for Game 1. 

Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers betting picks and predictions

Over 5.5 goals (-115)

There’s one big question for each team heading into the 2024 Stanley Cup Final.

For Edmonton, will they be able to bring the most prestigious chalice back to Canada for the first time since 1993? For Florida, will they be the third straight team to hoist Lord Stanley the year after losing it?

Given how great these teams have performed throughout this postseason, we’re not going to try and answer those questions just yet. 

We want to see how things shake out in Game 1, especially given the long layoff. After nearly a week away from the ice, it’s going to be fascinating to see who comes out rusty and who comes out looking well-rested.

So, until we see that, we’re going to focus on the total. In that respect, we’re expecting plenty of goals.

If anything, we’d expect the goaltenders to be more on the rust side of the debate, as they’re the ones who would much prefer to remain in a groove and not have had the six-day layoff.

Admittedly, the Oilers have finally gotten over the hump thanks to improved defense and goaltending from Stuart Skinner, but we’re still hesitant to put him into elite status. 

As for the Panthers, netminder Sergei Bobrovsky has been excellent, but he’s now facing the best power play unit in the NHL, as Edmonton has had a ridiculously efficient 37.3% unit through these Stanley Cup playoffs.

Rather than sweating out a winner in Game 1, which we expect to be a tight game throughout, we’re going to sit back and enjoy plenty of fireworks.

Connor McDavid over 1.5 points (-105)

How could we predict plenty of goals in a game involving the Oilers and not target Connor McDavid? There will undoubtedly be higher value picks as the series goes on, but until we see these teams actually face off, we’re sticking with the tried and true.

At this point in his career, everything has been said about McDavid. From Hart Trophies to Art Ross Trophies to the first 100-assist season since 1990, he has proven himself as the best skater in the world time and time again.

It’s also worth noting that he is just five assists away from Wayne Gretzky’s record of 31 in a single postseason. Of course, it certainly helped that McDavid began the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs with an incredible five-assist performance.

We may not see that again, but we can certainly expect him to record multiple points in Game 1.

Remember, this is for overall points, so they don’t have to be assists either. However, we expect them to be, as Zach Hyman and Leon Draisaitl have been excellent lighting the lamp this postseason.

No matter how he gets it done, of the several goals we expect to see scored in Game 1, we’re predicting Connor McDavid to be involved in at least two of them.

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers odds

Edmonton Oilers

+115 ML

Florida Panthers

-135 ML

Puck Line

FLA Panthers -1.5

Total Goals

O/U 5.5

Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers player props

Anytime Goalscorer

Zach Hyman


Sam Reinhart


Leon Draisaitl


Carter Verhaeghe


Connor McDavid


Matthew Tkachuk


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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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