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Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes: Game 1 of East Finals on Thursday at 8:00 PM EST

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals is set to captivate hockey fans as the Florida Panthers take on the Carolina Hurricanes in an exciting matchup. The game will be broadcasted on TNT on Thursday at 8:00 PM ET.

Both teams come into this contest with rec

ent victories under their belts. The Hurricanes secured a 3-2 home win against the New Jersey Devils on May 11, while the Panthers emerged victorious in their last game on May 12 with a 3-2 road triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As the odds suggest, the Hurricanes enter the game as the favorites, with a moneyline of -140. On the other side, the Panthers are listed as the underdogs, with a moneyline of +119. The over/under for the game is set at 5.5 goals.

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Carolina has displayed strength as the favorite this season, winning 51 out of 76 games in which they were the moneyline favorites. In 58.3% of their games, the Hurricanes are projected to emerge victorious, based on the moneyline odds. With a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 games, the Hurricanes have been in excellent form, scoring an average of 3.8 goals per game while allowing 2.6 goals per game on the defensive end.

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The Panthers, despite being the underdogs, have had their fair share of success, winning 15 out of 28 games in which they were listed as the underdog. With an 11-9 record in games where they were listed as the underdog by +119 or longer, the Panthers have proven their ability to defy the odds. In their last 10 games, they have claimed 85.0% of the possible points, posting a 7-3-0 record and scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game while allowing 3.0 goals per game on the defensive end.

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As the puck drops for Game 1, both teams will be eager to set the tone for the series. The Hurricanes will rely on their solid recent form and home advantage, while the Panthers will look to continue their resilient underdog performance. Taking every important factor into consideration, my money will be on the Hurricanes to bag the win in Game 1. They just have the personnel to create winning plays on both ends of the rink along with its experience core.

Prediction: Panther 3, Hurricanes 4, OVER 5.5

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