Panthers vs. Jets - 2/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (25-28-4) at Florida Panthers (33-18-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -143 / Winnipeg Jets +129 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers square off Saturday night at the BB&T Center.
The Winnipeg Jets could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring 16.5 percent of their power plays. Bryan Little leads Winnipeg with 17 goals, Blake Wheeler has 38 assists and Drew Stafford has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their power play chances. Connor Hellebuyck has allowed 56 goals on 683 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has given up 47 goals on 511 shots. Hellebuyck has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Florida Panthers could also use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with 18 goals, Reilly Smith has 17 assists and Vincent Trocheck has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 98 goals on 1,295 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 30 goals on 429 shots. Luongo has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
The Jets are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Jets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Florida.
The Panthers are the better team here and will be eager to get out of this mini slump they're in at the moment. The Jets just aren't that good of a hockey team. I like the home team here.