Florida Panthers 2024 Stanley Cup Odds
For the critics of the Florida Panthers franchise, the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs were revealing and humbling. The Panthers made the Stanley Cup Final, and interest soared in South Florida. The season was proof that the Miami area would support winning hockey. But after a season of triumph, the Panthers face uncertainty for the 2023-24 campaign. And they will not catch any of their opponents napping. Oddsmakers will be ready for increased action on Florida and its more appealing brand. But that could be a drag on value in the long run.
2024 Stanley Cup Betting Odds
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The 2022-23 Florida Panthers were 42-32-8 straight up and 42-30 over/under the total. Also, Florida was 4th in the Atlantic Division playoff standings. Florida was 43 points behind the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division race. Florida had NHL rankings of 6th for goals scored and 10th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Panthers had NHL rankings of 21st for goals against and 23rd for penalty killing.
First among Florida scorers was Matthew Tkachuk with 40 goals, 69 assists, 109 points, and a +29. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had a ..901 save percentage and 3.07 goals against average. His record was 24-20-3 with one shutout.
Head coachPaul Maurice steered the sputtering early-season Panthers from a would-be embarrassment of a campaign to the Stanley Cup Final. Not bad for a "rookie." Matthew Tkachuk said it's "fun" playing for Maurice, which seems to be the longtime coach's M.O. with the Panthers. He allows the team to be what it is without undue pressure and killing creativity. Maurice's hiring as Florida's coach over former interim Andrew Brunette was met with some raised eyebrows last fall, but it has proved to be the best decision for Florida.
Florida has a history of splashy off-season moves in July (hello, 2022 Tkachuk trade!), so GM Bill Zito might have more tricks up his sleeve. But so far, the Panthers have put together a fine performance since their season ended, just three wins from hoisting the Cup. What got Florida to that point was its depth and how players could slot in as needed to play a role.
Granted, seeing Duclair and Gudas out of the mix now is tough -- and uncertainty around the injury statuses of Tkachuk and Aaron Ekblad to open the 2023-24 campaign still looms -- but Zito has spied out some stopgaps. Ekman-Larsson should be motivated by a long-awaited fresh start, and Rodrigues is a solid middle-six skater to boost the forward group. Despite Tkachuk's rise in prominence in the past 12 months, the Panthers' identity isn't all about star power. Zito has kept that the case with how he has orchestrated the offseason.
Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)
||Lost in Stanley Cup Finals, 1–4 (Golden Knights)
||Lost in Second Round, 0–4 (Lightning)
||Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Lightning)
||Lost in Qualifying Round, 1–3 (Islanders)
||Did not qualify
Florida Panthers History
The Panthers were founded as a 1993-94 expansion team with the-then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. They made the Stanley Cup Final in their third season but have never made it back. Since 2000, the Panthers have only five postseason appearances. Owner Vincent Viola has spent several years and a lot of money trying to dig the franchise out of the muck.
Attendance for the Panthers has been low for most of the past two decades but has increased with their new success. Like the rest of the NHL, Florida has had to navigate the pandemic issues that have kept attendance down in many markets, even after restrictions loosened. The pandemic came at the worst possible time for the Panthers as they were finally starting to get really good.
The Panthers' years of losing opened up the opportunity for several years of high draft choices. And for the past two seasons, we have seen improvements based on that new blood. Florida had a golden opportunity in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs to win over new fans and build a higher customer base. It helps that they play an exciting and winning style of hockey. The Panthers are easy on the eyes as one of the NHL’s most entertaining teams.
But Florida flopped badly in the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Help arrived that summer with the arrival of power forward Keith Tkachuk and new head coach Paul Maurice.
And a berth in the Stanley Cup Final made 2023 a year to remember.
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