Florida Panthers vs Edmonton Oilers Picks and Predictions June 24th 2024

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Florida Panthers
ML: -105
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Edmonton Oilers
ML: -115
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The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat reach unparalleled heights in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Both the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers are poised to leave everything on the ice, with their respective journeys to this winner-take-all clash adding layers of emotion and intensity.

Paths to Game 7

The Panthers will host the Oilers on Monday night in Sunrise, Fla., following a dramatic turn of events. After leading the best-of-seven championship series 3-0, the Panthers have seen their advantage evaporate. They now face the daunting task of avoiding a historic collapse.

Historical Context: Only once in finals history has a team failed to close out the series when up 3-0: the 1942 Detroit Red Wings, who lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Conversely, the Oilers are not only looking to cap an incredible comeback but also face the risk of becoming the second team in NHL history to lose the finals after erasing a three-game deficit. The 1945 Red Wings were the first to fall to this fate, again at the hands of the Maple Leafs.

Panthers’ Perspective

Florida’s journey to Game 7 has been fraught with missed opportunities. Despite their commanding series lead, they have been outscored 18-5 in the last three games, including a stunning 8-1 defeat in Game 4. The Panthers have failed to hold a lead in any of these losses.

Player Insights: “Game 7, at home, how could you not be so jacked up?” Florida forward Matthew Tkachuk said. “This is an absolutely incredible, incredible opportunity. So, yes, you want to recognize or remember some of the good things that helped you beat these guys earlier in the series, but I’m trying to forget all of it. Just go in there and win one game. This is what it comes down to.”

Mental Fortitude and Strategy

To avoid a catastrophic reverse-sweep, the Panthers must maintain a positive mindset and not let negative thoughts hinder their performance. Florida forward Vladimir Tarasenko emphasized the importance of mental preparation: “We still have another chance to win a Cup. You have to fix what you have to fix and come in with a positive mindset and believe in the guy next to you. This maybe sounds pretty simple, but it is what it is.”

Oilers’ Historic Push

The Oilers, on the other hand, are aware of the enormity of their potential achievement. Winning Game 7 would mark their first Stanley Cup victory since 1990 and etch their comeback into the annals of NHL history.

Focus and Composure: “We’re all human and we’re aware of what we’ve accomplished so far, but if you go past that, it comes down to one game,” forward Leon Draisaitl said. “We have to focus on winning one hockey game on the road and play our best. Everything else, all the stories, will take care of itself after.”

Captain Connor McDavid echoed this sentiment, stressing the importance of routine and mental preparation: “You’ve got to prepare just like you always do. It’s not your ordinary game, everybody understands that, but you’ve got to make it as ordinary as possible in your head, and part of that is just sticking to your routine. Our room has done a great job of being at our best in big moments and I would not expect anything different.”

Historical Trends and Home Advantage

Historically, the home team boasts a 12-5 record in Game 7 of the finals. However, the recent trend shows the road team winning the last three such games. This adds another layer of intrigue and unpredictability to the upcoming clash.

Conclusion

As the Panthers and Oilers prepare for this decisive game, the stakes could not be higher. Florida aims to avoid the ignominy of a reverse-sweep, while Edmonton eyes a historic comeback. The outcome will not only determine the 2024 Stanley Cup champion but also etch another chapter into the storied history of the NHL.

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moneyline
over/under
Florida Panthers
+1.5
-275
-105
O 5.5
125
Edmonton Oilers
-1.5
220
-115
U 5.5
-150
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