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Penguins vs. Panthers - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (14-8-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-6-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -219 / Florida Panthers +196 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, ROOT

The Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins play Saturday at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Florida Panthers have won five of their last eight games and are climbing up the Atlantic standings. The Panthers are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers haven’t scored a power play goal in their last six 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 five of their last seven games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 52 goals on 705 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 17 goals on 200 shots.

Penguins vs. Panthers - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have won six of their last nine games and lead their division. The Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have one power play goal in their last five games and have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Sidney Crosby has 26 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 49 goals on 696 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 18 goals on 223 shots.

The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 28-61 in their last 89 road games. The Penguins are 85-36 in their last 121 home games and 37-18 in their last 55 vs. Atlantic. The Panthers are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Pittsburgh and 8-20 in the last 28 meetings overall.

You guys know I've been high on the Panthers from the beginning of the season and it's been paying off the last couple of weeks. Florida has a solid chance of being a playoff team. You know the drill, the value is on the Panthers here no matter how well the Penguins are playing. Give me the home dog at the insane price. 

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Florida Panthers +196

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