Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes 5-18-2023

Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes 5/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes 5/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


East Final – Game 1


The Carolina Hurricanes will continue their home stand on Thursday night in Raleigh, North Carolina, as they prepare to face the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.


Carolina enters Game 1 with momentum, having won four of their last five games, including back-to-back victories, culminating in a 3-2 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils to close the series.


Frederik Andersen was a standout performer for the Hurricanes’ defense, boasting an impressive .931 save percentage by allowing only two goals on 29 shots in over 67 minutes of play.


Jaccob Slavin and Brent Burns made significant contributions to the Carolina offense, each netting a goal, while Jesper Fast sealed the victory with an overtime goal.


Offensively, the Hurricanes had a decent season, averaging 3.2 goals per game on nearly 35 shots. However, their defense excelled, allowing a mere 2.55 goals on an average of 26 shots per game.


Martin Necas emerged as the top scorer for the Carolina offense, tallying 71 points and 43 assists throughout the season.


Sebastian Aho led the team in goals, recording 36 on 218 shots. The Hurricanes’ solid defensive performance and balanced offensive plays will be critical factors as they face the Panthers in this series.

  • The Florida Panthers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
  • Florida is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • The Panthers are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games on the road.

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Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions 5/18/2023


In comparison, the Florida Panthers head into Game 1 after a solid overall performance, winning seven of their last eight games, including a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 to advance.


Sergei Bobrovsky continued his exceptional performance in the net for Florida, allowing just two goals on 52 shots in over 75.5 minutes of play.


Aaron Ekblad and Carter Verhaeghe were instrumental in driving the Florida offense, each contributing one goal and one assist, while Nick Cousins sealed the game with the decisive overtime goal.


Florida showcased an impressive offensive display throughout the season, averaging 3.51 goals on 36.8 shots per game.


However, their defensive performance was relatively average, allowing 3.3 goals per game. Matthew Tkachuk emerged as the offensive leader for the Panthers, amassing 109 points, including a team-leading 69 assists.


Carter Verhaeghe made a notable contribution, leading the team with 42 goals on a total of 275 shots.


  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games.
  • The Carolina Hurricanes are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
  • The Hurricanes are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home.

Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes. The NHL Pick for this contest is the Carolina Hurricanes.


The Carolina Hurricanes have consistently displayed their strength and prowess throughout the season, establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the playoffs.


As they gear up for Game 1 on Thursday, the Hurricanes will undoubtedly bring their A-game and approach the matchup with unwavering focus.


Expect Carolina to assert control from the start and maintain it throughout the game, demonstrating their ability to execute their game plan effectively.


With their determination and skill, the Hurricanes are poised to secure a victory in Game 1. Final Score Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes triumph with a 4-1 win.


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Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes 5/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

NHL Starting Time: 8:00 PM ET


Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC


Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023  




NHL Odds/Point Spread: Carolina Hurricanes -140 


NHL Totals: 5.5


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