Panthers vs. Devils - 3/31/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (37-32-8) at Florida Panthers (42-25-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSFL
The New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers clash Thursday night at the BB&T Center.
The New Jersey Devils look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power plays. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 29 goals, Adam Henrique has 19 assists and Travis Zajac has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 117 goals on 1,525 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has give up 52 goals on 544 shots. Schneider has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Florida Panthers could also use a win after splitting their last 20 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with 25 goals, Vincent Trocheck has 28 assists and Reilly Smith has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 135 goals on 1,712 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 41 goals on 534 shots. Luongo has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Devils are 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. The Panthers are 9-4 in their last 13 vs. Metropolitan and 9-2 in their last 11 Thursday games. The Devils are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Florida and 51-22-3 in the last 76 meetings overall.
The Panthers have picked it up lately with the playoffs right around the corner. Meanwhile, the Devils have been hit or miss all season long. I'll take the better team on their home ice.