Avalanche vs. Panthers - 3/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (36-19-8) at Colorado Avalanche (32-29-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -105 / Florida Panthers -105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, ALT
The Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.
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 17.1 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with 21 goals, Vincent Trocheck has 21 assists and Jussi Jokinen has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 107 goals on 1,428 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 31 goals on 433 shots. Luongo has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 26 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 28 assists and Jarome Iginla has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 113 goals on 1,288 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 31 goals on 379 shots. Varlamov has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
The Panthers are 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games. The Avalanche are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The road team has controlled this series as of late and the Panthers are overall the better team. So, in a battle between two teams trying to get back on track, I'm siding with Florida and the cheap line.