Chicago Blackhawks vs. Florida Panthers - 11/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (11-10-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (14-6-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, CSNC
The Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks clash Tuesday night in a NHL matchup at the United Center.
The Florida Panthers look for another big victory after winning seven of their last 12 games. The Panthers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with 10 goals, Vincent Trocheck has seven assists and Aaron Ekblad has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 31 goals on 416 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 25 goals on 240 shots. The Florida Panthers have lost 10 of their last 12 games this season when allowing more than two goals.
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The Chicago Blackhawks look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Marian Hossa leads Chicago with 11 goals, Artem Anisimov has 11 assists and Patrick Kane has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 70.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 41 goals on 542 shots faced and Scott Darling has allowed 15 goals on 164 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed two or less goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
The Panthers are 19-41 in their last 60 vs. Central and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 130-62 in their last 192 home games. The Panthers are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 5-16-2 in the last 23 meetings overall.
There's no telling how the Panthers are going to repsond to the firing of coach Gerard Gallant, a guy who led Florida to an Atlantic title last year and produced 103 points, the most in franchise history. So, until we see how the Panthers play with a new coach in place, I'm not sure you can pick this team on the road against a team such as the Chicago Blackhawks. Give me the home team as more of a fade from the Panthers.