Florida Panthers vs. Dallas Stars - 10/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (3-1-0) at Florida Panthers (3-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -114 / Dallas Stars +103 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, FSFL
The Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers square off Saturday night at the BB&T Center.
The Dallas Stars look to improve to 4-1 on the season after a fast start to the year. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 31.3 percent of their power plays. Jason Spezza leads Dallas with four goals, Ales Hemsky has two assists and Cody Eakin has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed six goals on 65 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up given goals on 61 shots. Niemi has allowed two or less goals in five of his last nine outings. Curtis McKenzie will miss this game with a lower-body injury.
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The Florida Panthers are also looking for a 4-1 start and hoping to remain unbeaten on their home ice. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with four goals, Aleksander Barkov has three assists and Nick Bjugstad has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 1.3 goals per game and killing 88.2 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed four goals on 98 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up one goal on 23 shots. Luongo has allowed two or less goals in five of his last six outings.
The Stars are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 15-41 in their last 56 vs. Central. The road team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
Both teams are playing solid hockey out of the gate, but it's the Panthers who have been one of the bigger surprises early on, as that youth is starting to grow up before our eyes. Add in the fact Florida has won four straight at home, and I like the Panthers to win this contest and remain hot.