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NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: The Cup Comes Back To Canada

The Oilers did it, they really did it. After a 3-0 deficit, Edmonton forced a Game 7. Monday is the night that the Stanley Cup will be awarded. Josie Costigan and I have you covered with expert picks for every game of the NHL's championship series.

Here's our picks for Game 7 between the Florida Panthers and the Edmonton Oilers at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida.

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Rolling Records
Michel: 45-30 (+3.52 Units)
Josie: 32-37 (-3.90 Units)

Stanley Cup Finals Game 7: edmonton oilers vs florida panthers

The Game:Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers, Monday, June 24, 2024

Stanley Cup Finals Game 7: Panthers vs oilers
Edmonton Oilers+1.5 (-278)O5.5 (+120)-102
Florida Panthers-1.5 (+225)U5.5 (-142)-115


Josie's Take: There's no way the Oilers come this far just to blow it all. I just can't see the hockey Gods letting it work out that way. Edmonton is a riddle that Florida can't solve, crowding the net with 18 goals and conceding just five. 

The Panthers did a better job staying out of the box in Game 6, giving the Oilers just two powerplay opportunities. But, clearly, Edmonton didn't need the extra man to get on the board. 

Instead, a new tone of depth appeared with names scattered throughout the Oilers lineup getting on the scoresheet. Warren Foegele sniped his third goal of the postseason and Adam Henrique earned his fourth. It's not just the McDavid, Draisaitl and Hyman show anymore -- though having those three is definitely a bonus. 

Then there's Stuart Skinner playing at his finest. When facing elimination, Skinner is now a promising 5-0 SU. Through his last three starts, he's put up an incredible .942SV%.

At the start of this series, I gave credit to the Panthers being the more well-rounded group. Well, now it seems like that description belongs to the Oilers.

Pick: Oilers ML (-102)

Michel's Take: Just like Florida, I'm "scurd" of the Edmonton Oilers. With three wins in a row, the Edmonton train isn't stopping soon. They're 30-12SU (71%) after winning three straight! 

And while Edmonton's road form in these playoffs might not seem "great" at 7-5SU (58%), they were 6-3 (67%) before facing Florida -- they can play on the road. 

I get that only nine teams have come back from a 3-0 deficit to force a Game 7 and that only four of those teams won their series. But coming back from 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals has only happened once and that team won. So the trend is on Edmonton's side here (even if that team was the Leafs back in 1942).

I'm also not about to bet against McDavid who's played out of his mind in this series with 11 points in five games. I've jumped on the Edmonton train to the Cup. Choo-choo!!!

Pick: Oilers ML (-102)

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