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Panthers vs. Oilers - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers (10-26-9) at Florida Panthers (20-13-9)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers -190 / Edmonton Oilers +171 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RSNW, FSFL

The Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers square off Saturday night at the BB&T Center.

The Edmonton Oilers remain dead last in the Pacific and have lost four of their last five games. The Oilers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Edmonton Oilers have scored four power play goals in their last five games and have won three of their last four games when scoring at least three goals overall. Three Edmonton players are tied with 11 goals, Justin Schultz has 15 assists and Nail Yakupov has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Oilers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Ben Scrivens has allowed 99 goals on 939 shots faced and Viktor Fasth has given up 44 goals on 385 shots faced.

Panthers vs. Oilers - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Panthers have split their last 10 games and play their second home game of 2015. The Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have one power play goal in their last six games and have won three straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 15 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 19 assists and Brad Boyes has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 76 goals on 987 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 32 goals on 284 shots.

The Oilers are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 22-55 in their last 77 games playing on 1 days rest. The Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Pacific and 16-36 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest. The Oilers are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.

With the way both teams struggle to put the puck in the net, I'm taking the under in this matchup. The under has hit in seven of the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Florida, and I think that trend continues. 

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Under 5.5

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