Bruins vs Panthers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NHL Playoffs Game 3 (Florida Upsets Boston Again)

Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins prediction, odds and betting insights for NHL Playoffs Game 3.
Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins prediction, odds and betting insights for NHL Playoffs Game 3. / Charles Krupa / Associated Press

The 2022-23 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Friday, April 21, including Game 3 of the Eastern Conference battle between the two most recent President Cup Trophy winners.

Bruins vs Panthers Game Info

  • Boston Bruins (65-12-5) vs. Florida Panthers (42-32-8)
  • Date: Friday, April 21, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: FLA Live Arena -- Sunrise, Florida
  • Coverage: ESPN

Bruins vs Panthers Odds & Spread

All NHL odds, betting lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Moneyline: BOS: (-152) | FLA: (+126)
  • Spread: BOS: -1.5 (+162) | FLA: +1.5 (-196)
  • Total: 6.5 -- Over: (+102) | Under: (-124)

The record-setting Bruins are road favorites in Game 3 on both the moneyline and puck line at FanDuel Sportsbook. The total is set at 6.5 goals with the Under being favored at -124 odds.

Bruins vs. Panthers Betting Trends

  • Boston is 9-1 straight up (SU) in its last 10 games.
  • The total has gone Over in 4 of Boston's last 5 games.
  • Florida is 7-2 SU in its last 10 games.
  • The total has hit the Over in 7 of Florida's last 10 home games.

Bruins vs Panthers Prediction & Pick

The Bruins were in full control of Game 1 on Monday night, but the Panthers erupted for 4 third-period goals in Game 2 to win 6-3 and even the series 1-1. Florida was able to figure out Boston goalie Linus Ullmark in Game 2 after the top netminder made a number of spectacular saves in Game 1.

Panthers goalie Alex Lyon finished with 34 saves on 37 shots, and the Bruins were without captain Patrice Bergeron for a second straight game.

There is a metric called PDO, which combines a team’s shooting and save percentages in 5-on-5 situations. That combination is used to create what is described as “puck luck.” Over 82 games, there was no team that had more “puck luck” in the NHL this season than Boston, and it was by a good measure. Their luck appears to be running out, however, and may not follow them on the road in Game 3.

Final Score Prediction: Panthers: 4 | Bruins: 3

Bruins vs Panthers Best Bet

The Bruins were the NHL's top third period team during the regular season. They scored a league-high 113 goals while allowing only 59 -- the stingiest mark of all 32 teams.

The Panthers beat Boston at home back in Nov. and Florida was the favorite. Now returning home with more confidence ahead of this pivotal Game 3 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Panthers will be tough as nails. Back them to surprise the Bruins again and take the series lead.

Bet: Panthers Moneyline (+126) and Panthers 1st Period Moneyline (+106)

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.