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2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Wanna Bet? Florida Panthers Now Stanley Cup Betting Favorite



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The Florida Panthers have a few more wins to fill up on their playoff puck board — nine, to be exact — before they can cash out on any Stanley Cup bets being made. // Photo @GeorgeRichards

The Florida Panthers are a win away from a sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference semifinals and one major sportsbook has them as the betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup.

You read that right: The Panthers are the betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup.

The Florida Panthers.

On Monday night, MGM put the Panthers on top their Stanley Cup future board at +375 to win the whole stinkin’ thing.

Carolina, which leads New Jersey 2-1 in its series, is next at +400 along with Edmonton which lost Game 3 at home to Vegas and trails that series 2-1.

Other books have followed suit with FanDuel putting the Panthers at +350 and DraftKings at +380.

By the time you read this, the odds have probably changed.

That’s kind of what they do.

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Florida panthers cup favorite

When the Florida Panthers were down 3-1 in their first round series to the Bruins, they were a +2000 underdog at Caesars to win that series.

That means a $100 bet placed at that number — before Florida’s OT win in Game 5 — would have paid $2000 when the Panthers pulled out the Game 7 series win.

A $100 bet on the Panthers to win the Cup at +350 earns $350 if the Panthers were to, you know, win the Cup.

When Florida was down 3-1 in Boston, the odds looked very, very different as one could get the Panthers at +15000 to win the Cup — longest odds on the board.

A $100 bet at that point would get you a decent used sedan if Florida were to run the table.

Boston was the heavy betting favorite at +200 with Colorado second. Both are now vacationing.

Panthers cup favorite

With a couple of the perceived powerhouse teams out of the playoffs — the Bruins, Rangers, Avalanche and, potentially the Leafs — this year’s race to the Cup appears wide open.

Why not the Panthers?

Florida sort of slipped into this postseason as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference before upsetting the Bruins.

“It is one of those things where we see now it’s not about being an eight-seed or coming close to not making the playoffs,” defenseman Brandon Montour said. “We’re worried about day-by-day and the success we’ve brought and how we are playing.

“The last series was a big emotional series and we’re trying to bring that now. This is another tough series and Game 4 it’s a 0-0 series. We’re chasing that next win. We know they’ll come extremely hard and we’ll be prepared for what they bring. We’re excited for that challenge. We just have to go game-by-game and keep collecting all the wins we can.”

Florida goes into Game 4 against the Leafs in Sunrise riding a six-game playoff winning streak with three wins coming against both Boston and Toronto.

If Florida was to lose on Wednesday, Game 5 would be in Toronto on Friday night.

GAME 4 (Florida Leads 3-0)

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