June 13, 2024

Stanley Cup Final: Keys, prediction for Panthers-Oilers

“Everyone has a game plan for this young man. It’s not working. It’s not going to work for the rest of his career.”

That was Paul Maurice in 2016, then the top coach of the Winnipeg Jets, speaking about Connor McDavid. Fast ahead eight years and Maurice is readying his Florida Panthers for that actual process. For the primary time, McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are taking part in within the Stanley Cup Final. Hockey followers have waited practically a decade to observe the Edmonton Oilers‘ superstars on the most important stage.

To be clear: This sequence is not about solely them, however it’s a distinctive alternative for the league to have its finest participant in prime time. For our Cup finals preview, we have a look at key factors of distinction within the sequence, which crew my mannequin favors and why, together with a projection on the sequence consequence.

The mannequin is a neural community that accounts for participant energy; offensive, defensive and particular groups efficiency; goaltending; matchup rankings; and relaxation. As the mannequin ingests knowledge, it improves, with the heaviest weights on current play. The mannequin permits for gamers to be added and eliminated, with their impression on the sport outcomes measured.

Here are the keys to Panthers-Oilers, with Game 1 on Saturday (8 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN+).