Anaheim Ducks (28-15-9) at Florida Panthers (22-19-10)
|Date & Time||Friday February 3, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers +104 / Anaheim Ducks -115 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Anaheim Ducks look to continue their dominance over the Atlantic division as they head into Sunrise to do battle with the Florida Panthers.
The Ducks have played their way into the Stanley Cup discussion over the last few months and after a sluggish start to the season that was a carbon copy of their start last year they are looking like a team to be reckoned with in the Pacific division. Anaheim has a very solid crop of forwards that can beat you in a number of different ways and with Ryan Getzlaf leading the charge they will be a tough out the rest of the season and could finally break through the pack in the Western Conference and earn their way to another Cup title. John Gibson is expected to get the start in the Anaheim crease as he will match up with Roberto Luongo who continues to give Florida a chance to win every night but his team hasn’t had the best season playing in front of him.
The Panthers have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments this season as they have gone from a potential dark horse in the Eastern Conference to flirting with a wild card spot and right now they don’t like the part of a playoff team and could end up selling off some pieces at the trade deadline. Florida has the personnel to go on a playoff run as we saw from them last year and while they have had to deal with the injury bug more so than other teams this season they still should be in a better place in the standings and have themselves to blame. Florida is winless in their last four games against the Pacific division and are 7-19 in their last 26 games following a win and they catch a Ducks team who is on fire right now and have been ripping apart the Eastern Conference with an 8-3 stretch in their last 11.
The Ducks are 10-4 in their last 14 overall and 10-1 in their last 11 against a team with a losing record while the Cats are 2-8 in their last 10 against a team with a winning record and 0-4 in their last four against the West. This is a bad spot for the Panthers as Anaheim out matches them across the board and at a great price I am on the Ducks here.