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Our first prop bet for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is for both teams to go scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game. Both teams were scoreless for the first 9:30 of Game 1 before a shorthanded goal came in from the Panthers just before the 10-minute mark was reached. We should see both teams go scoreless for just a little bit longer in the first period in this game, en route to a no in the GIFT market.
As a whole, we should see an improved performance from the Panthers on defense in this game after they allowed five goals in Game 1. Sergei Bobrovsky should save more than the 89% of shots that he saved in the opening game of the series. Combine that with some better defensive discipline to avoid quite as many penalty minutes, and we should see the Panthers help keep this game scoreless through 10 minutes.
Additionally, we should see the Golden Knights get off to a stronger start than they did in Game 1. They allowed the first goal of Game 1, which has become a rarity for them in the postseason. Look for them to lock down their end of the ice in order to do their part to keep the first half of period number one scoreless.
Jack Eichel did not score in the first game of the Stanley Cup Final, and some of that had to do with a low shot volume on his end. In Game 2 of this series, we expect another low-volume shooting night from Eichel, as he should go under 3.5 shots on goal. This is less of an Eichel issue than it is a philosophical strategy that the Golden Knights may utilize going into the second game of the series.
Only one player took more than three shots on goal in Game 1 of this series, as the Knights were incredibly balanced in the series opener. That balance translated into the scoring column for the Knights as well, as five different players scored one goal each for the Knights in that contest. Here, we should see a similar philosophy, as Vegas will look to continue spreading the puck around to give themselves a chance to go up 2-0.
Additionally, look for Eichel to take more of a facilitator role going into this contest, as he was more of a passer than anything else in Game 1. Eichel had two assists on Saturday, and his role as a passer could help set up scoring chances for the rest of the Golden Knights in this matchup.
Our final prop bet for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is for Matthew Tkachuk to score a goal at any time in this contest. Tkachuk did not score in the opening game of the series, but it is clear that he will need to be more aggressive offensively if the Panthers are going to hang around in this series. Look for him to do just that and to score at least one goal to help the Panthers cause in what feels like a must-win game for Florida.
In Game 1, Tkachuk took just two shots in nearly 19 minutes on the ice for the Panthers. Six members of his team took more shots than he did in that game, which is not a strategy that will work for the Panthers moving forward. Look for Tkachuk to be more aggressive here to restore the natural order of things for the Panthers offense, win or lose.
Jay Sanin is a sports bettor and writer from New York. He has been handicapping since the moment he was old enough to gamble legally, with his specialties being niche sports like the WNBA and XFL. He’s been told he has a voice for radio. He also has a face for radio.More info on Jay Sanin
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