Welcome to USA Best Bet and our experts NHL Hockey Picks and Parlay for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals – Golden Knights vs Panthers. It feels like the 2023 Stanley Cup Finals just began, but we’re already heading into Game 4 on Friday and things are heating up on the ice. The series remains in Florida for the Panthers’ second home game after their overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3. Based on the experts picks and odds for Saturday night, we can anticipate another closely contested match. To maximize the excitement of this great NHL Hockey matchup, our experts have crafted for free free picks for a Golden Knights vs Panthers Same Game Parlay. Make sure to also check out all our NHL picks for the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Bet: Jack Eichel, VGS, Over 0.5 assists (+105)
When it comes to the Panthers, the attention is often focused on Matthew Tkachuk. Similarly, the Golden Knights had their spotlight on Jack Eichel until recently. However, it’s Jonathan Marchessault who has taken over and emerged as the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Yet, this presents a fantastic opportunity to capitalize on the value with Eichel.
Eichel has been performing exceptionally well too. He started the Stanley Cup Finals with 2 assists in each of the first two games and followed it up with an assist on Marchessault’s goal in Game 3. The presence of Marchessault, who has scored 13 goals in the last 13 games, provides a great opportunity for Eichel to rack up assists. Eichel also recorded an assist in four consecutive games during the Western Conference Finals, accumulating a total of 17 assists this postseason—the most among all skaters. With Eichel’s consistency and the Knights looking to bounce back, my best NHL player prop for Game 4 is Eichel to record an assist.
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#1 NHL Picks and Parlay: Vegas Golden Knights ML (+100)
I anticipate a bounce-back game for Jack Eichel and the Golden Knights right from the start. Although I’ve been following the Panthers’ Cinderella run throughout the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their luck may run out against Vegas. The Knights have been the superior team on the ice, even in Game 3. Most advanced metrics favored Vegas, including MoneyPuck giving them a greater than 70% chance of winning. While Eichel is undoubtedly a household name, it’s Jonathan Marchessault who has truly shined this postseason, leading the Knights to this point.
Before Game 3, Vegas had a perfect 10-0 record when leading after the second period. Although that streak was broken, the Panthers managed just 1 shot on goal in the overtime period. Additionally, Florida committed a penalty with just seconds remaining in the game. This is worth noting, as their physicality has been more detrimental in the Stanley Cup Finals compared to previous series. Their penalty kill has been far from impressive, which should continue to play a factor in Game 4. Finally, keep an eye on Matthew Tkachuk. Florida’s success heavily relies on his performance, but a hit in Game 3 sent him to the locker room. While I expect him to be on the ice, the first leg of our Same Game Parlay is still on Vegas’ money line.
#2 NHL Picks and Parlay: Over 5.5 goals (-122)
For the second leg of our Same Game Parlay, let’s shift our focus to the total, or over/under, for Saturday’s Game 4. Although Game 3 saw only 5 goals scored, I expect more goals in this matchup. With just one night of rest between games, the teams will be less rested, resulting in potentially reduced defensive efforts.
Even if the Panthers maintain their physicality, it hasn’t paid off for them in the Stanley Cup Finals. Their penalty kill has been lackluster, as evidenced by Vegas’ 5-2 and 7-2 victories in the first two games. While Florida has shown their ability to find the back of the net, so has Vegas. Goaltender Adin Hill has performed admirably, but a few more goals allowed for the remainder of the series wouldn’t be surprising. It might not be another blowout like Games 1 and 2, but I envision a 4-3 Vegas win.
#3 NHL Picks and Parlay: Jonathan Marchessault – Anytime goalscorer (+185)
The final leg of our Same Game Parlay focuses on Jonathan Marchessault, who we mentioned earlier. Marchessault has been absolutely remarkable throughout the Stanley Cup Finals, scoring a goal in 13 consecutive games for Vegas. While Eichel may possess superior overall talent, Marchessault has been the standout performer as of late.
That’s why he is the clear favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoffs’ MVP. Eichel has contributed 5 assists in the Stanley Cup Finals alone, providing significant support. Marchessault isn’t merely shooting at will and getting lucky; he has an impressive 18.3% shot percentage in the postseason. Some sportsbooks have this prop as low as +100, making it a great value pick to complete our Same Game Parlay.
Golden Knights vs Panthers Same Game Parlay (6/10)
- Golden Knights ML (+122)
- Over 5.5 goals (-122)
- Marchessault to score (+185)
- Parlay odds +561