Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Picks, 8th of June

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by The OddsCrowd Analysts

The 2024 Stanley Cup Final will officially have the first puck drop on Saturday, June 8, which will be in Sunrise, Florida with the Panthers hosting Game 1 against the Edmonton Oilers. As we get set for the first action on the ice in nearly a week at 8:00 pm ET, we’ve shared our best Stanley Cup Final Game 1 picks.

Predictions

Pick #1 - Oilers money line over Panthers (+115)

Pick #2 - Over 5.5 goals (-115)

Pick #3 - Connor McDavid over 1.5 points (-105)

PICK #1: Edmonton Oilers money line over Florida Panthers (+115)

As mentioned, it’s going to be the Panthers on home ice to begin the 2024 Stanley Cup Final, so we’re not surprised to see the Oilers as slight underdogs. They’re also slight underdogs in terms of the series overall, but we see them getting off to a strong start.

They’ve had no issues being on the road this postseason, going 6-3-0 away from Rogers Place, including a must-win Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks. This will be the furthest championship matchup in any of the major sports, but with nearly a week off, we don’t anticipate it being a factor.

Therefore, we expect the likes of Connor McDavid and company to come out looking as strong as ever. It’s the superstar’s first Stanley Cup Final appearance, and he’s currently the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for the MVP of the playoffs. Along with Edmonton having improved their goaltending with Stuart Skinner, they’re just as balanced as Florida and can take Game 1.

PICK #2: Over 5.5 goals (-115)

After having just stated that the Oilers have improved their goaltending, it may seem surprising that we’re going to go over the total. However, it’s set at just 5.5 goals, which we predict will tick up to six goals after this Game 1.

Of course, we expect Edmonton to do the majority of the scoring, and that’s thanks to their unmatched power play unit. Not only did they score a power play goal in 11 of their first 12 postseason games, but it’s been consistent throughout, operating at a remarkable 37.3% rate.

Everyone knows about the talent of McDavid, but let’s not forget that Leon Draisaitl had another 100-point season, and Zach Hyman is the leading goalscorer in the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs. That’s all paired with a Panthers team that can score themselves with Matthew Tkachuk and company, so at least six goals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is what we’re expecting. 

PICK #3: Connor McDavid over 1.5 points (-105)

Last but not least, in terms of the player prop markets, it’s only fitting to focus on Connor McDavid. This looks to be his Cup to lose, especially after how much has been expected of him since being drafted in 2015.

For this to be his first Stanley Cup Final is surprising, as is getting a reasonable price on one of his props. Scoring multiple points is something that McDavid can do within seconds, as he’s demonstrated in these playoffs alone.

It began with a five-assist game against the Los Angeles Kings, which has set him on a trajectory to set a playoff record for assists, as he’s just five behind the great Wayne Gretzky with 26 thus far. That also has him as the league-leader in terms of points this postseason with 31 overall.

Now that he finally has a true chance to hoist the Stanley Cup, we also expect him to take more chances to find the back of the net himself, which will only help increase his opportunity to record multiple points.


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