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Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers - 12/31/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (16-15-6) at Detroit Red Wings (15-19-6)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +105 / Florida Panthers -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Florida, FS-Detroit
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The Florida Panthers visit the Detroit Red Wings in a New Year’s Eve NHL tilt.

The Florida Panthers hope to keep the momentum going after a 2-1 victory against visiting Philadelphia on Saturday gave the team wins in three of four. Shayne Gostisbehere scored at 1:45 of the first period for Philadelphia. Jordan Weal and Scott Laughton logged assists and Carter Hart took the loss for the Flyers with both goals allowed on 36 shots.

Mike Hoffman scored on the power play for the Panthers first goal in the third with Jonathan Huberdeau netting the winner with 1:06 remaining. Aleksander Barkov assisted on both goals for Florida and James Reimer stopped 34 shots to get the win. The struggling Detroit Red Wings couldn’t get going Saturday in a 5-1 loss at Dallas and have dropped eight of nine. The Red Wings received a third period power play goal from Dylan Larkin while Jonathan Bernier allowed five goals on 42 shots to get the loss.

Dallas received two goals from Alexander Radulov with Blake Comeau, Tyler Pitlick and Jason Spezza each lighting the lamp. Radek Faksa recorded two assists for the Stars who received 33 saves from Ben Bishop.

Panthers are 5-0 in their last 5 Monday games and over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation and over is 6-0 in Panthers last 6 games following a win. Over is 4-0-1 in Red Wings last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and under is 3-0-1 in Red Wings last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Panthers are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Detroit and road team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Detroit. 

The Panthers are playing the better hockey so I’d back them despite being on the road…

Florida -125 // will update

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