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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (10-13-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (10-9-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, FSS

The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Florida Panthers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 10 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 17 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 34 goals on 467 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 38 goals on 341 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games. 

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with nine goals, Justin Williams has 13 assists and Jordan Staal has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 47 goals on 493 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 17 goals on 183 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in their last five games.

The Panthers are 7-16 in their last 23 road games, 5-12 in their last 17 vs. Metropolitan and 0-5 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Hurricanes are 38-78 in their last 116 Saturday games. The Panthers are 10-30-2 in the last 42 meetings in Carolina, 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and the home team is 50-22-2 in the last 74 meetings.

I have zero feel for either of these teams given their current form, but the Florida Panthers have had slightly more success as of late and has had the upperhand over the Hurricanes in the past 10 meetings. The Hurricanes are in a bit of a slump right now and have been getting killed on the defensive end. I'll back the Panthers in a game that could probably go either way. 

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