The 2023 Stanley Cup Finals heads to Florida as the Florida Panthers host the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 on Thursday.
Vegas won both games at home to lead 2-0 in the series and are two games away from winning the Stanley Cup. Game 3 goes down on Thursday at 8 pm ET.
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The Florida Panthers swept the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals and had a ton of time off. However, the rest seemingly impacted them, as they lost both games in Vegas, including a blowout in Game 2.
Panthers star Sergei Bobrovsky has struggled at the net, but Florida is confident heading into Game 3.
"Boston is a good example," Panthers center Aleksander Barkov said. "We were down. We found a way. We started playing a little better, and we found a way to come back and get out of there. So same thing here. We've just got to work a little harder. We've got to work a little smarter in the ways to win games."
Vegas, meanwhile, is looking forward to hitting the road, as forward Jonatha Marchessault said:
"I love the road, to be honest, where all the guys are together, having team dinners, playing cards all together, hanging out. We have such good team chemistry this year that we have a lot of fun. There's no dull moment with that group of guys."
X-Factor: For the second straight game, the X-Factor is Sergei Bobrovsky or Alex Lyon, as the Panthers haven't announced their starting goaltender.
Whoever starts for Florida needs to be much better, as Vegas has been able to score plenty of goals by creating traffic in front of the net. The Panthers need to allow Bobrovsky to see the shots coming so that he can get back to his usual self.
Florida Panthers projected lines
- Lomberg-E. Staal-White
- M. Staal-Montour
Vegas Golden Knights projected lines
Panthers vs Knights Game 3 prediction
Game 3 is pretty much a must-win for Florida, as they cannot go down 3-0 in the series. The Panthers are back at home, which should benefit them, but the goaltending has been a problem, which is a major concern.
Adin Hill has been solid at the net for Vegas, but the Florida Panthers need to get traffic in front of him and under his skin. If the Panthers can do that and stay out of the box, they should get a much-needed Game 3 win.
Prediction: Florida 4-2 Vegas
Poll : Who do you think wins Game 3?
Vegas Golden Knights