Florida Panthers (26-10-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (26-9-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -150 / Florida Panthers +125 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Thursday night.
The Florida Panthers will try to rebound from a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in their last matchup. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 42 points including 14 goals and a team-high 28 assists while Aleksander Barkov also has 42 points with 16 goals and 26 assists. Carter Verhaeghe has 35 points with a team-high 17 goals and MacKenzie Weegar has 21 assists this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 3.3 goals on 34.6 shots per game with a 22.7% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.7 goals on 31 shots per game with an 80.2% success rate on the PK this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes will be out to build on their win over the Florida Panthers in their last matchup. Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 36 points including 15 goals and 21 assists while Dougie Hamilton has 31 points with a team-high 26 assists and Vincent Trocheck has 31 points with 15 goals and 16 assists. Nino Niederreiter also has 14 goals while Martin Necas has 19 assists for the Hurricanes this season. As a team, Carolina is averaging 3.2 goals on 32.4 shots per game with a 29.8% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.4 goals on 28.4 shots with an 82.6% success rate on the PK this season.
Florida is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog while the over is 9-1-2 in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record. Carolina is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 10-3 in their last 13 games following a win while the under is 8-3-3 in their last 14 games overall. Florida is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I was on the plus money with Florida last time out and we looked good going into the 3rd but the Hurricanes roared back with four goals in the 3rd and that was the downfall. Instead, this time around, I’m going to side with the over. I think Florida won’t lie down in back-to-back games and Carolina is more than capable of getting on the board multiple times as well. I think this is another game where we could see at least 7 or 8 goals at minimum, so give me the over.