During Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Florida Panthers, 5-2. Game 2 is tonight and Florida will hope to even the series before heading home to Sunrise for Game 3.
Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Details
Series: VGK leads 1-0
Date: Monday, June 5, 2023
Location: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Betting Preview:
MONEYLINE: VGK ML (-138), FL ML (+115)
SPREAD: VGK -1.5 (+172), FL +1.5 (-210)
TOTAL: U 5.5 (+104), O 5.5 (-128)
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Best Bets for Stanley Cup Final Game 2
Moneyline – Florida Panthers (+115)
The Panthers have only lost back-to-back games once this postseason, which was during the first round against the Boston Bruins. After every loss, they’ve gotten better each time. The odds have been stacked against this Florida side all season long and they’ve silenced their critics.
Florida has never won at T-Mobile Arena since Vegas came into the NHL. Game 1 didn’t end well for the Panthers, but just like all season, the odds have been stacked against them and they’ve prevailed. For Vegas to not take a stranglehold on the series, Florida will need to do what they’ve done all season: prevail.
Ivan Barbashev – Over 0.5 points (-102)
Since being acquired from the St. Louis Blues before the trade deadline, Vegas forward Ivan Barbashev has been electric. He scored 16 points in 23 games after moving to Vegas. During this playoff run, he has 16 points in 18 games.
He’s gelled alongside Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault on the first line and recorded an assist in Game 1 during 19:35 of ice time. Barbashev produces each night, and a point from him in Game 2 is more than likely.
Alex Pietrangelo – over 2.5 blocked shots (-126)
Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo blocked a total of four shots during Game 1. During the entire season, he finished seventh in the league with 177 blocks. Pietrangelo also put up a sneaky Norris Trophy-type season with a career-high 54 points.
He knows what it takes to win the Stanley Cup, having captained the St. Louis Blues to their first championship in 2018-19. With his veteran leadership in Vegas’ locker room, Pietrangelo puts his body on the line each game for the sole purpose of winning.
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