Los Angeles Kings at Florida Panthers
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +140 / Florida Panthers -175 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Los Angeles Kings and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Los Angeles Kings need a victory here in order to snap a six-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Drew Doughty has 28 assists and Dustin Brown has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 93 goals on 926 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 41 goals on 550 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Florida Panthers look for a victory after winning nine of their last 14 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 26 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 42 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 83 goals on 788 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 90 goals on 910 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Kings are 11-24 in their last 35 road games, 0-5 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games. The over is 9-3 in Kings last 12 overall. The over is 7-3-2 in Panthers last 12 Saturday games. The Kings are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.
This is a lot of juice to lay with a poor defensive team in the Florida Panthers, but backing the Los Angeles Kings during this six-game losing streak, especially on the road where they've stunk up the joint, just doesn't seem like a better option. The bottom line is the Florida Panthers are playing their best hockey of the season and even their losses for the most part have been competitive. The Kings appear to be a team that has checked out and the offensive firepower is almost nonexistent. This is a game the Florida Panthers should win on their home ice.