Florida Panthers (9-6-6) at Detroit Red Wings (14-5-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 2, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -200 / Florida Panthers +181 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Panthers look to rebound after a tough loss in Columbus on Monday night as they head into the Joe to take on the Red Wings.
The Florida Panthers had a great opportunity to jump up the Eastern Conference standings with a favourable match up in Columbus on Monday night but with Al Montoya between the pipes the Cats couldn't get it done and fell 2-1. The Panthers don't have any time to dwell though as they head into the Motor City on Tuesday to face off against the Red Wings who have been playing some of the league's best hockey of late and are coming off a huge victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Florida is a very young team that will likely be drafting in a favourable spot in July but they do have enough pieces to play the spoiler role this season and could surprise a number of people by coming close to a playoff spot and falling out of the top 10 in July's draft. Roberto Luongo is slated to get the start after watching last night and he will go up against Jimmy Howard who has been among the league's best this season.
The Detroit Red Wings made a statement on Sunday afternoon when they hosted the Vancouver Canucks in the league's only action on Thanksgiving weekend and while Vancouver made a late push it was the Red Wings who looked like the Cup contenders with a statement win. Detroit currently sits in third place in the Atlantic division but are just a single point back of the Lightning and Canadiens for top spot in what is shaping up to be a very exciting race for the top seeds in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Wings have been lights out on home ice this season sitting with a 9-3-1 mark but are also a respectable 5-3-3 on the road and if they can sustain some success outside the Joe the Wings should find themselves in a spot to secure not only a playoff berth but could very well stay in the running for the Eastern Conference title, a spot many had them getting to last year. The Panthers are in a tough spot here and even if they'd won last night I would say facing the Wings on the road in a back to back is very gruelling especially with Detroit fully rested and getting Howard between the pipes.