Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers
|Date & Time||Thursday February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -101 / Florida Panthers -109 -- Over/Under: 6
The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers meet Thursday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 24 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 35 assists and Justin Williams has 176 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Curtis McElhinney has given up 54 goals on 678 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 73 goals on 743 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in their last six games.
The Florida Panthers look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 26 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 41 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 83 goals on 788 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 86 goals on 885 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Panthers are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The under is 6-0 in Hurricanes last 6 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Panthers last 9 home games. The Hurricanes are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Florida and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The home team has won seven of the last eight meetings between the Hurricanes and Panthers, including each of the last four games. While the Hurricanes are quite hot and have been solid defensively, which is key to their recent road success, the Panthers are the better team overall, it's just a matter if the defense is going to show up a particular night. As of late, the Panthers have been much improved and seem like a team that's ready to finish this home stretch strong while possibly making a dent in the standings. I'll back the Panthers and the cheap price in their home ice.