Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

 

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In a Central Division battle, the Carolina Hurricanes will go on the road and take on the Florida Panthers. Carolina has a record of 13-6-1 while Florida has a record of 13-4-3. These two teams have played each other twice this season with each team winning one game.

Hurricanes Snap Losing Streak

The Hurricanes snapped a three game losing streak by defeating the Florida Panthers 4-3 in a shootout victory on Saturday. Jake Bean, Warren Foegele, and Vincent Trocheck each scored a goal. James Reimer stopped 28 out of 31 shots faced.

Offense has been a strength for the Canes this season. They have scored three goals or more in seven of the last 10 games. It has been a very balanced effort offensively for the Canes. Nine players have double digit points on the season. The team ranks seventh in goals per game, sixth in shots per game, eighth in scoring efficiency ratio, and 10th in shooting %.

Goaltending has suffered since Petr Mrazek was sidelined with a thumb injury. James Reimer has given up three goals or more in nine of his last 10 starts. Reimer has a record of 9-3-0 with a 2.97 GAA and a .897 SV%. The team ranks 13th in goals against per game, fifth in shots against per game, and 20th in opponent shooting % and save %. Carolina has given up three goals or more in nine of their last 10 games.

Panthers Coming off Loss

The Panthers are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Patric Hornqvist, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Frank Vatrano each scored a goal. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 out of 33 shots faced.

Offense has been a strength for the Panthers this season. They have scored three goals or more in seven of their last 10 games. The team ranks ninth in goals per game, first in shots per game, and seventh in scoring efficiency ratio. Much like the Hurricanes, it has been a very balanced effort on offense for Florida. Nine players have double digit points on the season.

Goaltending has been solid for Florida recently. They have given up two goals or less in four of their last six games. Chris Driedger has outplayed Sergei Bobrovski in net. Driedger has a record of 7-2-1 with a 2.18 GAA and a .928 SV%. Bobrovski has a record of 6-2-2 with a 3.02 GAA and a .899 SV%. Driedger should see more starts come his way. The team ranks 11th in goals against per game, 20th in shots against per game, and 11th in opponent shooting % and save %.

The Bottom Line
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Carolina has had Florida’s number in recent games. The Canes have won seven of their last 10 games against the Panthers. Shots against per game is one big advantage the Hurricanes have over the Panthers. Carolina ranks fifth in shots against per game, while Florida ranks 20th in that department. This is a fairly even matchup but Carolina has gotten the best of Florida. Carolina will win this game.

Prediction:
Carolina Hurricanes (-114)

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Both Carolina and Florida have been good on offense this season. Both teams have scored three goals or more in seven of their last 10 games. Carolina has given up three goals or more in nine of their last 10 games. The over has hit in both games between these two teams this season. The over will hit in this game.

Prediction:
Over 6.5