Florida Panthers (15-4-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (16-6-1)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -138 / Florida Panthers +115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Florida Panthers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Patric Hornqvist leads Florida with nine goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 17 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up 25 goals on 337 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 35 goals on 341 shots.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to build on their four game winning streak. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 30.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Carolina with 12 goals, Dougie Hamilton has 15 assists and Andrei Svechnikov has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has allowed 16 goals on 220 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 38 goals on 389 shots.
The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games. The Hurricanes are 7-2 in their last 9 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The under is 5-2 in Panthers last 7 overall. The over is 12-5-1 in Hurricanes last 18 overall. The Panthers are 12-33-2 in the last 47 meetings in Carolina and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings.
The Florida Panthers are on the end of a back to back, but they continue to be one of the best teams in the league and a team I'm always going to back in the underdog role because of their consistency. The Carolina Hurricanes are on a nice little role themselves, but I can't bring myself to turn down plus money with the Panthers. All three games between these clubs went to overtime, so expect a tight contest. Give me the Panthers and the more favorable price.