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Florida Panthers vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights - 1/19/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Las Vegas Golden Knights (29-11-3) at Florida Panthers (18-19-6)
Date & Time Friday January 19, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers -110 / Las Vegas Golden Knights +100 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FS-Florida
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The Vegas Golden Knights head to the BB&T Center to oppose the Florida Panthers in NHL action on Friday.

The Vegas Golden Knights might be the best in the game right now but the bottom line is their lead in the Pacific is far from insurmountable. Vegas avoided a three game skid with a 4-1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning where both ends of the ice were dominant. Tampa Bay’s lone goal came off the stick of Ondrej Palat with Andrei Vasilevskiy  allowing four goals on 25 shots.

The potent Golden Knights featured four different scorers with James Neal, Nate Schmidt, David Perron and William Karlsson each finding the back of the net. Deryk Engelland gave Vegas a pair of helpers and Marc-Andre Fleury picked up the win with 28 saves.

The Florida Panthers are 5th in the Atlantic standings and know there needs to be a big push if the team wants to land a spot in the postseason.  Florida has followed a hot streak with defeats in four of five after a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames heading in to their bye. Evgenii Dadonov was the Panthers bright spot with a PP goal and an unassisted tally with James Reimer allowing three goals on 28 shots. 

The surging Flames saw four different players score with Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau lighting the lamp with Mikael Backlund adding an empty netter with 46 seconds remaining. Backlund also added two assists and David Rittich recorded 41 saves to lift Calgary to win number six straight. 

Over is 7-0 in Golden Knights last 7 Friday games and Golden Knights are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and under is 5-1 in Golden Knights last 6 overall. Over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 vs. Western Conference and Panthers are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Pacific and over is 5-1 in Panthers last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. 

The Golden Knights haven’t faded as many have predicted and I don’t want to step in front of this train…

Pick:
Vegas +100 // will update

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