Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Picks - June 13

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by The OddsCrowd Analysts

The Florida Panthers were able to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Edmonton Oilers in the 2024 Stanley Cup Final by winning back-to-back home games. Tonight’s Game 3 transitions nearly 3,000 miles to Canada, and we’re here to get you set for it with our best Stanley Cup Final Game 3 picks.

Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Predictions

Pick #1 - Oilers ML over Panthers (-130)

Pick #2 - Over 5.5 Goals (-105)

Pick #3 - Leon Draisaitl - Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-125)

Stanley Cup Final Game 3 picks: Edmonton Oilers ML over Florida Panthers (-130)

First up is our pick on the winner of Game 3, and we’re backing the Oilers to bounce back now that they’re on home ice. Rogers Place in Edmonton is considered one of the most difficult places to play for opposing teams, and with the franchise not having won a Stanley Cup since 1990, you know that the crowd will be electric.

It’s also the first Stanley Cup Final appearance for Connor McDavid, so expectations have never been higher. Furthermore, a 2-0 series deficit does not come close to telling the full story of this series. First and foremost, the Oilers were undoubtedly the better team in Game 1.

The Panthers have even admitted as much, and if not for how well goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has played, Florida would not be in such a dominant position. With that in mind, we don’t expect that to continue now that he’ll be as far from South Beach as it gets.

That’s certainly not to say that Bobrovsky won’t be effective at all, but he should not be drastically superior to that of Edmonton netminder Stuart Skinner. With their backs against the wall, we’re looking for the Oilers to make this a series by winning Game 3.

Stanley Cup Final Game 3 picks: Over 5.5 Goals (-105)

Of our three Stanley Cup Final Game 3 picks, the one focusing on the total is likely the toughest to make. Given the world-class skaters on the ice like Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Matthew Tkachuk, just to name a few, higher-scoring games were expected.

Admittedly, we anticipated that as well, but it’s not what we’ve seen through the first two games. Of course, that goes back to just how well Sergei Bobrovsky has played, but again, going on the road will likely lead to some regression.

Additionally, we expect more from the Oilers power play on home ice. It was miles ahead of any other team this postseason, and the Panthers may be without Aleksander Barkov. He is considered one of the few, if not only, centers in the NHL that can somewhat match up with Connor McDavid, so his loss may lead to more goal-scoring opportunities for McDavid and Edmonton overall.

Stanley Cup Final Game 3 picks: Leon Draisaitl - Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-125)

Not only should McDavid shine even brighter in Game 3, but so should Leon Draisaitl. It was clear that he was getting frustrated in Game 2, as he was the one to deliver the hit on Aleksander Barkov that led to a power play for Florida.

With time to cool off, he needs to channel that frustration to pressuring Bobrovsky instead. That’s exactly what he did following the Oilers’ Game 2 loss to the Stars in the Western Conference Finals, as in Game 3 and Game 4 of that series when it returned to Edmonton, Draisaitl recorded back-to-back games with three shots on goal. Draisaitl also had four shots on goal in Game 1 of this series and he should be motivated to go on the offensive again here. Therefore, we’ll wrap up our Stanley Cup Final Game 3 picks with Leon Draisaitl to record at least three shots on goal.

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