Florida Panthers facing Game 3 disadvantage following delayed trip to Edmonton

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June 12, 2024  (10:40 PM)

The total distance between Edmonton and Sunrise
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After NHL Insider Emily Kaplan shared details of their delayed trip to Edmonton, it seems the Florida Panthers will face a major disadvantage heading into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

After an unbelievably dominant showing by Pathers' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, The Oilers have not had a break in the Stanley Cup Finals. Following a 4-1 loss in Game 2 to Florida, Edmonton is now trailing the team 2-0.
"The Panthers take a 2-0 series lead in Stanley Cup Final! #NHLPlayoffs2024 #FloridaPanthers #EdmontonOilers"

However, it seems there may be an opening for the Oilers in tomorrow night's Game 3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. As the Stanley Cup Finals rage on, the Florida Panthers are also dealing with the monsoon season in their home region. As expected, they have faced numerous delays in taking off for Canada, with their first attempt at flight shut down amidst stormy weather.
"The Panthers are scheduled to leave S. Florida around 1 p.m. ET today.

The team's current flight route to Edmonton has been shut down by the FAA because of weather.

They'll have to try to get approved for a different route or wait it out if nothing changes."

Later on, NHL Insider Emily Kaplan shared when the team finally took off. The Florida Panthers departed following numerous delays and were set to arrive much behind the Edmonton Oilers.
"Hearing the Panthers plane just took off after several delays in South Florida. They won't get into Edmonton until Wednesday night.

Thursday has an early puck drop, 6:20 MT.

The Oilers flew Tuesday and will get two full nights at home ahead of Game 3."

After countless delays, the Florida Panthers have finally landed in Edmonton more than three hours later than first scheduled. As a result, the team has less than a full day before the puck drops for Game 3.
"The #FlaPanthers have arrived in Edmonton three hours 16 minutes after they were originally scheduled to get here.

Puck drop on Game 3 is 22 hours from now."

Though the Panthers have made it to Edmonton in time for the game, the few hours lost could prove catastrophic for the leading team. This Stanley Cup Finals marks the greatest distance between the two teams, ensuring that this trip will be marked with heavy jetlag.
"After several delays, the Florida Panthers just took off from Fort Lauderdale.

They'll now make the 2,543-mile journey to Edmonton—the farthest between two cities in Stanley Cup history.

Game 3 puck drop is set for 6:20 MT on Thursday."

With so much on the line for the Oilers and so much in the way for the Panthers, it could be Edmonton's chance to take a game against the odds-on favorite to win the Cup. Yet, if this game proves to be a repeat of the last two, Florida's delays will only be a part of their greater story to success.
Source - Hockey Patrol
NHL Insider reveals details of Florida Panthers delayed trip to Edmonton
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