Arizona Coyotes (3-4-1) at Florida Panthers (2-2-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 30, 2014, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Florida Panthers -116 / Arizona Coyotes +105 --- Over/Under: 5
The Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers will play Thursday night at the BB&T Center.
The Arizona Coyotes have lost four of their last five games and have dropped to dead last in the Pacific Division. The issues for the Coyotes starts on the defensive end, as they’re allowing 3.9 goals per game and are coming off a Tuesday loss where they gave up seven goals. Devan Dubnyk has allowed six goals on 54 shots and Mike Smith has allowed 25 goals on 176 shots faced. The Arizona Coyotes have lost 11 of their last 12 games when allowing three or more goals. Offensively, the Coyotes are one of the best power play teams in the league, scoring at least one power play goal in five of their last seven games. Mikkel Boedker leads Arizona with five goals, Keith Yandle has seven assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 29 shots on goal. This will be the fourth road game for the Coyotes in nine days.
The Florida Panthers have been quietly picking up points by playing in three straight overtime games but have split their last four games overall. The issue for the Panthers is a lack of offense as they’re averaging just 1.4 goals per game and have scored just three power play goals all season. Nick Bjugstad leads the way with 21 shots on goal, Brad Boyes has two goals and Jussi Jokinen has three assists. The Florida Panthers have lost 16 of their last 17 games when scoring two or less goals. Defense is what keeps the Panthers in games, as Al Montoya has allowed one goal on 38 shots and Roberto Luongo has allowed 14 goals on 169 shots faced. The issue for the Panthers defensively has been on the power play, as they’ve allowed four power play goals in their last two games.
The Coyotes are 20-43 in their last 63 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days and 16-37 in their last 53 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Coyotes are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Florida.
As I mentioned before the season, the Florida Panthers are a talented team that’s slowly starting to compete at a higher level. The constant overtime matches are a sign that this team is starting to get it and just needs that spark or two to turn the corner and start winning. With Arizona struggling and Florida at home, give me the Panthers for the cheap price.