Florida Panthers (14-4-4) at Nashville Predators (10-13)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators +120 / Florida Panthers -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators meet in NHL action from the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Florida Panthers will look to pick up another win in the Music City after taking down Nashville by a final count of 5-4 in their last matchup. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 26 points including 9 goals and a team-high 17 assists while Aleksander Barkov is one goal behind on 25 points with 8 goals and 17 apples. Patric Hornqvist has 19 points with 9 goals and 10 helpers and Carter Verhaeghe has 16 points split between 8 goals and 8 assists. Aaron Ekblad has 15 points with 8 goals and 7 assists and Keith Yandle’s got 14 points with 11 assists this season. Sergei Bobrovsky and Chris Driedger have each made 11 appearances with a 7-3 record, with Bobrovsky posting a 3.11 GAA while Driedger has a 2.25 GAA this season.
The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back from their loss to the Panthers last time out. Filip Forsberg leads the Predators in scoring with 22 points including a team-high 10 goals and 12 assists while Roman Josi has 14 points with 12 apples of his own. Viktor Arvidsson has 11 points with 9 assists while Mikael Granlund, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis all have 9 points with Granlund and Ekholm posting 4 goals and 5 assists and Ellis logging 7 assists this season. Pekka Rinne continues to start in goal with Juuse Saros on the shelf with an injury, going 5-8 with a shutout and a 2.68 GAA this season.
Florida is 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 11-2 in their last 13 games as a favorite. Nashville is 1-10 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 0-7 in their last 7 games as a home underdog while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. Florida is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between the two teams in Nashville.
I’ve tried to get myself to make a case for Nashville as a home dog, but nothing is really coming up that’s sticking. I mean the Preds just aren’t consistent enough to really give the plus money any value at home, especially with a red-hot Panthers squad on the other side. Florida just keeps on finding ways to get the job done and all things considered, the price isn’t all that bad. I’ll lay the juice with Florida in this spot.