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Florida Panthers vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/29/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Flyers (15-16-5) at Florida Panthers (15-15-6)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers -130 / Philadelphia Flyers +105 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
FSFL, NSPA
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NHL | Philadelphia Flyers (15-16-5) at Florida Panthers (15-15-6)
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The Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Philadelphia Flyers could use a nice road victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 13.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 14 goals, Claude Giroux has 31 assists and Jakub Voracek has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 34 goals on 384 shots faced and Cal Pickard has allowed 31 goals on 227 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Florida Panthers could also use a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 28.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 17 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 33 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 46 goals on 482 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 57 goals on 509 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.

The Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 road games, 5-11 in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-13 in their last 19 overall. The Panthers are 3-8 in their last 11 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Flyers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Florida and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Flyers last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 overall.

The Philadelphia Flyers are in a serious slump and a lot of those struggles have come on the road, but the Florida Panthers aren't playing much better and are on the end of a back to back. The Panthers keep getting beat up defensively and don't seem to have much luck when any goalie besides Roberto Luongo is in net. In terms of a value play, the Flyers and the plus money is worth a look when you consider how poorly the Panthers are playing right now.

Pick:
Philadelphia Flyers +105

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