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Flyers vs. Panthers - 12/18/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (13-8-8) at Philadelphia Flyers (11-14-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -147 / Florida Panthers +133 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, CSN

The Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers square off Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Florida Panthers have split their last eight games and take to the road for a two-game trip. The Panthers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers haven’t scored a power play goal in five straight games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring three or more goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 12 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 13 assists and Brad Boyes has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Al Montoya has allowed 17 goals on 200 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 51 goals on 679 shots. The Panthers have lost four of their last six road games.

Flyers vs. Panthers - 12/18/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Flyers have lost eight of their last 11 games and end a four-game homestand. The Flyers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Philadelphia Flyers have scored a power play goal in eight straight games and have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Wayne Simmonds leads Philly with 14 goals, Jakub Voracek has 26 assists and Claude Giroux has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Steve Mason has allowed 52 goals on 635 shots faced and Ray Emery has given up 30 goals on 296 shots.

The Panthers are 27-61 in their last 88 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and 4-12 in their last 16 overall. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

I've been riding it out with the Panthers for much of the season and it's really starting to pay off. The Florida Panthers have been that sleeper team all season and are starting to think they could make a true playoff push. As I've done all year, I'll gladly take Florida and the plus money. 

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Florida Panthers +133

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