Florida Panthers Seek Final Step for Stanley Cup in 2024

Florida Panthers Seek Final Step for Stanley Cup in 2024

Despite starting the 2023-24 season shorthand, the Panthers were in the hunt for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Founded in 1993, the Florida Panthers have two appearances in the Stanley Cup Final with no wins, including last year. Florida was the eighth seed in the 2023 Eastern Conference playoffs. Yet the Panthers upset the first-seed Boston Bruins in the first round. The Panthers used that NHL odds upset win as a springboard for a stunning run that ended with a 4-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.

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Florida Panthers Team Overview

At the approach of the All-Star Break, the Florida Panthers are 29-14-4 straight up and 16-24 over/under the offshore betting total. Also, Florida is 2nd in the Atlantic Division playoff standings. Florida is seven points behind the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division playoff race. Late on, Florida has covered two out of their last six games. In comparison, the Panthers have gone under the total in eight of its previous 12 matchups.

Florida has NHL rankings of 12th for goals scored and 13th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Panthers have NHL rankings of 4th for goals against and 10th for penalty killing.

Defense and goaltending are the strengths of the Panthers. Florida has just enough offense to complement their defensive prowess. Specifically, Florida is a team that is built from the net out. The Panthers have better marks than one year ago and are bona fide Stanley Cup contenders. Certainly, the turnaround of the Florida franchise is one of the most impressive in pro sports. After years of playing in front of empty seats, the Panthers now play in front of a packed house at Amerant Bank Arena.

Florida Panthers Key Players, Goaltending, and Coach

Head coach Paul Maurice broke into the NHL in 1995-96 with the Hartford Whalers. Overall, Maurice has a career record of 817-713-99 with the Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Florida Panthers. This is Maurice’s second season at Florida.

Top goaltender Sergie Bobrovsky began his career with a brief stint with the Philadelphia Flyers. Subsequently, He made his name with the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2012-13 to 2018-19. He has been with the Panthers since 2020-21. Bobrovsky was dominant in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a save percentage of .915. Also, he is a three-time NHL All-Star.

RW Sam Reinhart led the Panthers goal scoring efforts with 34 goals, 24 assists, 58 points and a +14 in his first 46 games. Reinhart broke into the NHL in 2014-15 with the Buffalo Sabres. Next, he joined the Panthers in 2021-22. Reinhart is coming off the first two 30-goal seasons of his career. In 2024, Reinhart was named to the All-Star Game for the first time.

Naturally, C Aleksander Barkov is one of the top playmakers in the game. Barkov began his career with the Panthers in 2022-23. In 664 career games, Barkov has 243 goals, 388 assists, and 631 points. Barkov is a two-time NHL All-Star.

The fire of the Panthers is LW Matthew Tkachuk. Tkachuk scored 40 goals with 69 assists and 109 points. Tkachuk was the sixth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames. In sum, In 510 games, he has 192 goals, 299 assists and 491 points. Tkachuk is a two-time NHL All-Star.

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