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2022-23 SCF: Golden Knights vs. Panthers


Phil

Who wins?  

13 members have voted

  1. 1. Well?

    • Golden Knights in 4
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    • Golden Knights in 5
    • Golden Knights in 6
    • Golden Knights in 7
    • Panthers in 4
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    • Panthers in 5
    • Panthers in 6
    • Panthers in 7


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(1P) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (WC2) Florida Panthers

Sat., June 3: Panthers at Golden Knights; TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS

Mon., June 5: Panthers at Golden Knights; TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS

Thu., June 8: Golden Knights at Panthers; TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS

Sat., June 10: Golden Knights at Panthers; TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS

*Tue., June 13: Panthers at Golden Knights; TNT, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS

*Fri., June 16: Golden Knights at Panthers; TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS

*Mon., June 19: Panthers at Golden Knights; TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS

REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS:

Golden Knights: 51-22-9, 111 points

Panthers: 42-32-8, 92 points

SEASON SERIES:

VGK 1-1-0; FLA 1-1-0

 


GAME BREAKERS:

Golden Knights: Jack Eichel is playing in his first Final, eight years after he was selected by the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, behind Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid. Eichel has found a home in his second season with the Golden Knights and leads them with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 17 playoff games. He leads a balanced offense for the Golden Knights, who have six players with at least 14 points during the postseason.

 

Panthers: Matthew Tkachuk leads Florida with 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 16 playoff games after an NHL career-high 109 points (40 goals, 69 assists) in 79 regular-season games. A Hart Trophy finalist as most valuable player in the NHL, Tkachuk scored four goals in the four-game sweep against the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, including two in overtime, and the series clincher with 4.9 seconds left in the third period of Game 4. He is considered a candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

 


GOALTENDING:

Golden Knights: Adin Hill took over as the starter after Laurent Brossoit sustained a lower-body injury 11:44 into Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Oilers. Hill, one of five goalies used by the Golden Knights this season, began the season fourth on the depth chart behind Robin Lehner, Logan Thompson and Brossoit and in front of Jiri Patera. Lehner missed the entire season after undergoing hip surgery. Hill, playing in the playoffs for the first time, is 7-3 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in 11 games (nine starts).

 

Panthers: At this point, it is hard to fathom Sergei Bobrovsky did not start the playoffs as the No. 1 goalie for Florida, backing up Alex Lyon through the first three games against Boston. Bobrovsky replaced Lyon during Game 3 and helped upset the Bruins, who took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series before the Panthers rallied to advance. Bobrovsky is 11-2 with a 2.21 GAA and .935 save percentage in 14 games (13 starts) and is a candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

 


X FACTORS:

Golden Knights: Karlsson is their best defensive forward and could see a lot of ice time against Tkachuk. He usually is matched against opponents' top offensive threat. Karlsson did a masterful job in the second half of the second-round series against McDavid and was instrumental in limiting Stars center Roope Hintz to two assists in the final five games of the West Final.

 

Panthers: Forward Sam Bennett is making a huge impact in the playoffs at both ends of the ice. He has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and delivered a massive hit on Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin 1:25 into the first period of Game 4 of the East Final, which set the tone for the game. Selected No. 4 by the Calgary Flames in the 2014 NHL Draft, Bennett has rejuvenated his career since being traded to Florida on April 12, 2021. He had been a healthy scratch toward the end of his tenure in Calgary.

 


WILL WIN IF:

Golden Knights: They continue to dominate 5-on-5. The Golden Knights have scored 62 goals in 17 games during the playoffs, and 49 have come 5-on-5, the most of any team. They have nine power-play goals and two at 4-on-4, along with two empty-net goals. They roll four lines, all of which are capable of scoring, and have seven forwards with at least 11 points. Hill has also been outstanding since taking over from Brossoit. He has a .937 save percentage, and if he can maintain that number, the Golden Knights will be tough to beat.

 

Panthers: Bobrovsky keeps up his outstanding play and is able to steal a game or two. The Golden Knights have the most balanced attack in the playoffs and have made Connor Hellebuyck of the Jets, Stuart Skinner of the Oilers and Jake Oettinger of the Stars look extremely ordinary. Tkachuk continues to come up with big goals, has had an outstanding season and has become the go-to pick for games going into overtime.

 


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4 minutes ago, Blue Heaven said:

and so does Anthony Duclair

 

I gotta admit, Blue....even though the Rangers took the "deep six" this year, I've been having a pretty good time watching the Panthers play.  That's kind of the hockey I was hoping to see from us this year!

 

I remember from way back when, Paul Maurice was always pretty tight with Adam Graves as well, so rooting for him is very easy!  Graves was probably one of my top 10 favorite players of all time.

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3 minutes ago, Sharpshooter said:

Panthers in six. I like a lot of the players on that team (and Maurice) and would love to see Marc finally get a cup. He's been a warrior his whole career (a career he came within inches of losing), and deserves it.

Both of his brothers won the cup. I always felt bad for Marc knowing that he’d never win the cup if he played for the Rangers his whole career. This is most likely his only chance 

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1 minute ago, CCCP said:

Both of his brothers won the cup. I always felt bad for Marc knowing that he’d never win the cup if he played for the Rangers his whole career. This is most likely his only chance 

Me too. It would be sweet if all three brothers had Cups. Imagine being their parents and having three of your four sons have long, great careers and all won a Cup? Incredible.

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1 minute ago, Sharpshooter said:

Me too. It would be sweet if all three brothers had Cups. Imagine being their parents and having three of your four sons have long, great careers and all won a Cup? Incredible.

And a fourth son who is a total loser. lol

 

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Sharpshooter said:

It could be. I hear it's a huge turnoff, but it can't be helped. I'll just pay an escort.

 

29 minutes ago, CCCP said:

I hear ya. Cheaper in the long run. 

 

Better than me....The last piece of ass I got was when my finger went through the toilet paper! 

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