Calgary Flames vs. Florida Panthers - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (25-23-6) at Calgary Flames (30-20-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Florida Panthers look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 21 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 35 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 175 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 37 goals on 512 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 95 goals on 1,043 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.
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The Calgary Flames look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 27 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 49 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 116 goals on 1,477 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 24 goals on 305 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 3-8 in their last 11 Saturday games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Flames are 1-5 in their last 6 home games, 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Panthers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
We're getting two teams that are playing probably some of their best hockey of the season right now, so you can make a case for either side here. However, the Flames have struggled at home recently and the Florida Panthers have had no trouble winning on the road. The Flames have beat up on the Panthers in past meetings, but those games have been high scoring and could have gone either way. Based on how they've played on the road recently, I'll give the Florida Panthers a chance here.