Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Florida Panthers -115 / Carolina Hurricanes -108
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the BB&T Center on Saturday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to build on a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues last time out to push their winning streak to 4 games. St. Louis jumped out to a 1-0 leads before Carolina responded just :41 later and took the lead 3:04 after that to carry the 2-1 advantage into the 2nd period. St. Louis would tie the game, but that’s as close as the Blues would get the rest of the way as Sebastian Aho scored a short-handed marker to re-take the lead. Jordan Staal and Andrei Svechnikov each buried in the 3rd for insurance as the ‘Canes would ride their lead to victory. Curtis McElhinney got the win to improve to 17-7-1 after stopping 21 of 23 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Florida Panthers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 6-5 shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in their last outing. Vegas jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before Mike Hoffman responded with a pair of goals 2:57 apart to tie the game and take the lead before Aaron Ekblad added a 3rd just :28 later to make it 3-1 Panthers after 20 minutes of play. Vegas scored 3 unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead before Aleksander Barkov responded in the last minute of the 2nd period to tie the game at 4-4 heading into the final period. Jonathan Huberdeau gave the Panthers a 5-4 lead that Florida would unfortunately surrender with led than five minutes to play. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to a shootout where Florida missed all 3 of their shootout attempts while Vegas scored to take the extra point. Roberto Luongo took the loss, falling to 14-13-3 after allowing 5 goals on 46 shots through regulation and overtime.
Carolina is 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on no rest and 20-7 in their last 27 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Florida is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games overall. Carolina is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The Panthers definitely have a rest advantage here but the Hurricanes only have to travel from North Carolina to Florida for this game and playing on no rest hasn’t been an issue for Carolina. Florida could use a win to keep pace in the playoff hunt but we’re getting a cheap price with a team that’s won 4 in a row, and that’s never a bad thing so I’ll side with Carolina to pick up another road win here.