Panthers vs. Sharks - 2/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (30-20-5) at Florida Panthers (33-18-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -110 / San Jose Sharks +100 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, FSFL
The San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers square off early Thursday night at the BB&T Center.
The San Jose Sharks look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 11 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 26 goals, Brent Burns has 30 assists and Patrick Marleau has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 103 goals on 1,233 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 33 goals on 285 shots. Jones has allowed three goals in his last three games.
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The Florida Panthers look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power plays. Reilly Smith leads Florida with 18 goals, Jaromir Jagr has 23 assists and Vincent Trocheck has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 98 goals on 1,295 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 29 goals on 411 shots. Luongo has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 11-5 in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference. The Panthers are 12-4 in their last 16 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings.
Even with some issues lately, the Panthers are still one of the better and more consistent teams in the NHL and play their best hockey at home. Florida has also beaten San Jose in seven of the last nine meetings. i'll take the home team and small line.