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Arizona Coyotes vs. Florida Panthers - 2/26/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida Panthers at Arizona Coyotes
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Gila River Arena
Glendale, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers +117 / Arizona Coyotes -141 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSAZ, FSFL
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The Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The Florida Panthers look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 26 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 43 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 152 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 84 goals on 807 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 90 goals on 910 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Arizona Coyotes look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Galchenyuk leads Arizona with 14 goals, Clayton Keller has 27 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 85.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 93 goals on 1,119 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 33 goals on 351 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Panthers are 7-2 in their last 9 games as an underdog, 18-38 in their last 56 games as a road underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Coyotes are 2-6 in their last 8 games as a favorite, 2-5 in their last 7 games as a home favorite and 24-49 in their last 73 Tuesday games. The over is 3-0-1 in Panthers last 4 overall. The under is 5-0-1 in Coyotes last 6 home games. The Panthers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

These are two teams putting together an impressive stretch to at the very least make these next 20-plus games very interesting in terms of the playoff chase. The Arizona Coyotes have the rest advantage and have been lights out defensively, but I think it's fair to say we're getting plus money with the better team here, even if the Florida Panthers are on the end of a back to back. When the Panthers have done even an average job defensively, they win. The Panthers have also been very effective in the underdog role these last three weeks. I'll take a shot with the plus money.

Pick:
Florida Panthers +117

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