Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

 

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The Florida Panthers were trailing 2-0 late on Thursday night to the Dallas Stars but scored 3 late unanswered goals to win the game 3-2. This game has been a microcosm of the season for the Panthers, they might be trailing but have the uncanny ability to win and keep winning, holding the best record in the Central Division. They will host the Carolina Panthers who are good but are relieved to play someone aside from the Lightning, who beat them in 3 of the 4 games last week.

Hurricanes hope offense helps team rebound

The Hurricanes have lost the last three games and have only scored 3 goals in the stretch. The struggles are an oddity for one of the better offenses in the NHL that has scorers throughout their roster. Vincent Trocheck and Nino Neidereitter have 9 goals each but Andrei Svechnikov, Jordan Staal, and Brock McGinn have 7 goals each to give the Hurricanes two incredible scoring lines.

The Hurricanes seem to always have a good defense and this season is no exception. Dougie Hamilton is leading the way with 1.3 defensive point shares and 17 blocked shots but the defense is more than deep enough with Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin, and Brady Skjei all playing more than good enough this season.

Florida has displayed depth on offense

The Florida Panthers currently boast the best record in the Central Division, winning 13 games this season and only losing 4 times in regulation. After a down year from the prize acquisition, Sergei Bobrovsky, the starting goaltender has bounced back along with Chris Driedger, to help keep the Panthers in games as the goalie duo has allowed only 2.6 goals per game and have a .914 save percentage. In addition, the Panthers have been finding defensive production from the trio of Mackenzie Weegar, Radko Gudas, and Aaron Ekblad, who have combined for 3.5 defensive point shares as part of an emerging unit.

The offense has been carrying the Panthers all season with scoring through the offensive lines. Alexsander Barkov and Patric Hornqvist have 8 goals each this season while Carter Verhaeghe and Jonathan Huberdeau have 7 goals each this season. With 7 Panthers scoring 5 goals or more this season, the offense has three, even four lines of offense that make them hard to defend.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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The Panthers have been underdogs all season and have not only relished in the underdog role but have allowed fans to keep betting on them and keep receiving great payouts. The Hurricanes are a good team but have struggled at times this season while everything seems to be clicking for the Panthers. The Panthers should be able to limit the Hurricanes’ offense with plenty of defensemen that are having career years like Weegar and Gudas. Likewise, the Panthers’ offense should continue to find the back of the net with their depth finding opportunities against the Hurricanes defense. The Panthers as home underdogs should give great odds and should be able to continue their winning ways in the process.

Prediction:
Panthers (+102)

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Both offenses have depth and the ability to pile on the goals. While the instinct is to bet the Over with these two teams, the defenses are going to continue to play well and keep this game low scoring. The Hurricanes have a defense with three great pairings and should make it hard for the Panthers to find the back of the net and likewise, the Panthers’ defense is overachieving this season and has surprised many by blanking many of the strong offense they’ve faced. Expect the Under to cover with this game being a surprisingly low-scoring game.

Prediction:
Under 6