NHL Best Bets 5/4/23: Expert Betting Picks For Today’s Playoff Games

Get NHL best bets and our expert predictions for today’s NHL playoff slate of games on (5/4/23). The over in Panthers-Leafs 6.5 total and Auston Matthews anytime goal scorer are the top NHL best bets.

NHL Best Bets (5/4/23)

Find two NHL best bets and how we are betting on tonight’s slate of NHL games.

Panthers Vs. Maple Leafs Over 6.5 (-118)

I’m not betting against the Florida Panthers until further notice. This isn’t just a flukey team that beat a historic Boston Bruins team. These playoff Panthers have some serious talent, and defenseman Brandon Montour is a prime example. Montour has four goals in the past three games, and a team-leading six goals throughout the postseason. Florida has been lighting the lamp with consistency as of late, averaging 4.75 goals per game in their last four matchups. The Panthers were the top-shooting team throughout the regular season (36.54 shots per game) and trended over throughout the year (48-34-8). Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has gone 4-1 between the pipes in the playoffs, but he’s also allowed 3.6 goals per game along the way, including two matchups with five goals allowed.

Toronto was a top-10 scoring team throughout the regular season, and it’s easy to see why. The team’s shown some offensive firepower in the playoffs, with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner combining for 21 points thus far. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.57 goals per game in the playoffs, with Matthews basically averaging a goal per game in the last five. We’ve seen no shortage of high scoring games the past few nights of the NHL Playoffs, and I don’t see that stopping with this clash between offense-heavy teams.

Author: Anthony Elio

Auston Matthews Anytime Goal Scorer

To pair with the Panthers-Leafs over 6.5 tonight, betting on Auston Matthews anytime goalscorer here is a strong add. Florida is 22nd in goals allowed this season and 32nd in PP goals allowed, which has certainly continued into the playoffs. With Matthews on the top PP line there is certainly greater chances of hitting the anytime goal in this spot. He scored in 48% of the regular season games and has scored in four of the seven playoff games so far.

He is averaging 4.1 shots per game in the playoffs and has averaged 5.3 shots per game over the last two seasons vs. Florida and has netted a goal in five of the eight games. Look for Matthews to be the aggressor in key game for the Leafs to even the series.

Author: Jason Guilbault

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