Nashville Predators (12-16-1) at Florida Panthers (19-5-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -222 / Nashville Predators +180 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nashville Predators and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the BB&T Center on Thursday night.
The Nashville Predators will try to build on their 4-1 win over Tampa Bay from their last outing. Filip Forsberg leads the Predators in scoring with 27 points including team-highs of 10 goals and 17 assists while Roman Josi has 16 points with 14 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 14 points with 10 assists this season. As a team, Nashville is averaging 2.4 goals per game on 31.2 shots per game with a 20.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals per game on 30.2 shots against per game with a 68% kill rate on the PK this season.
The Florida Panthers will try to build on their 6-3 win over Chicago from their last matchup. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov each have 34 points with Huberdeau logging a team-high 24 assists and Barkov adding a team-high 12 goals this season. Patric Hornqvist and Carter Verhaeghe each have 11 goals and Aaron Ekblad’s got 10 goals and 10 assists this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 3.4 goals per game on 34 shots per game with a 25.6% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.8 goals on 31.1 shots against per game with a 78.8% success rate on the PK this season.
Nashville is 5-12 in their last 17 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games as an underdog. Florida is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 16-5 in their last 21 games as a favorite while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Nashville is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with Nashville would be tempting if the Predators could somehow show that they’re capable of winning on the road, but we’ve yet to see it consistently this season. Florida’s had a better run of form on the road, but they’re still really good at home as well and are playing some of the best hockey in the league right now. I think that the Panthers show up and take care of business in a big way at home, so I’ll take the Florida Panthers on the puck line here.