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Panthers vs. Penguins - 12/22/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (22-6-4) at Florida Panthers (14-9-8)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers +129 / Pittsburgh Penguins -143 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers square off Monday night at the BB&T Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won four of their last five games and are first place in their division. The Penguins average 3.1 goals per game on the season and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored one power play goal in their last six games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Sidney Crosby has 26 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last seven games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 50 goals on 742 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 18 goals on 223 shots.

Panthers vs. Penguins - 12/22/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Panthers have split their last six games and are trying to become a playoff team. The Panthers are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have scored one power play goal in their last seven games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 12 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 14 assists and Brad Boyes has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are 7-7 on power play kills in their last two games. Al Montoya has allowed 17 goals on 200 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 55 goals on 739 shots.

The Penguins are 35-16 in their last 51 vs. Atlantic and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 30-65 in their last 95 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings.

I've been riding the Panthers during this slight turnaround and we've made a solid profit due to the constant plus money. If you're in it for the long haul, the Panthers have to be the pick at home where they've been hot lately. 

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Florida Panthers +129

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