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Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 4/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Carolina Hurricanes (35-33-11) at Florida Panthers (39-30-8)
Date & Time Monday April 2, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers -180 / Carolina Hurricanes +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Florida
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NHL | Carolina Hurricanes (35-33-11) at Florida Panthers (39-30-8)
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The BB&T Center and the Florida Panthers welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to town.

The Carolina Hurricanes have been playing well the past few weeks but it won’t be good enough with the team out of the postseason once again. Carolina comes in off of a 2-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Jeff Skinner scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes with Cam Ward falling to 22-14-4 with 18 saves.  The Rangers received second period goals from Ryan Sproul and Kevin Hayes with Henrik Lundqvist recording 40 stops.

The Florida Panthers last ditch effort to make the postseason is going to come up short. Florida has dropped three in a row following a 5-1 loss at the Boston Bruins where Jamie McGinn scored the Panthers goal and James Reimer gave up five goals on 24 shots. 

Jake DeBrusk topped the Bruins with a pair of goals with Nick Holden, Ryan Donato and Patrice Bergeron also lighting the lamp. David Krejci gave Boston a pair of helpers and Tuukka Rask got the win with a 30 save performance. 

Hurricanes are 1-11 in their last 12 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and under is 8-2 in Hurricanes last 10 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation and over is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Over is 3-0-1 in Panthers last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and Panthers are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan. Over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Florida and Hurricanes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and Hurricanes are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. 

My thinking is the Panthers don’t want to be swept in the season series and my other thought is do I really need to bet this…

Pick:
Florida -.5 // will update

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