Florida Panthers (12-14-5) at Colorado Avalanche (14-14-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 14, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -115 / Florida Panthers +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL action comes to the Pepsi Center where the Colorado Avalanche host the Florida Panthers.
The Florida Panthers know now is the time to lay the foundation for a berth in the postseason so the team needs points to improve upon their 5th place standing in the Atlantic. Florida had a great opportunity to knock off the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday at the United Center but a pair of lost leads led to a 3-2 defeat in overtime.
The Panthers saw scoring from Nick Bjugstad and Jamie McGinn and never trailed until the final horn. Patrick Kane was the Blackhawks star with his game winner coming at 2:24 of the extra session while Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored in regulation. Alex Debrincat added two assists and Saad also logged a helper to make Corey Crawford’s 35 saves a winner for Chicago.
The Colorado Avalanche return home after a four game road swing on the east coast which went 2-2 capped off by a 5-2 loss versus the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. The Avalanche had problems at both ends of the ice with Washington scoring three times in the third period. The Avalanche scoring came from Colin Wilson and Tyson Jost but Semyon Varlamov could only come up with 22 stops.
The balanced Washington attack featured five different goal scorers with Jacub Vrana, Matt Niskanen, Brett Connolly, John Carlson and Devante Smith-Pelly all lighting the lamp. Evgeny Kuznetsov added three assists with Madison Bowey logging two more to lift the Capitals and Braden Holtby and his 22 stops to the win.
Panthers are 1-10 in their last 11 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation and under is 10-1 in Panthers last 11 road games and under is 7-1 in Panthers last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Over is 7-0 in Avalanche last 7 vs. Atlantic and Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation and over is 6-0 in Avalanche last 6 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Neither team has been the model of consistency so for now I’ll go with the over pending goalies…