Florida Panthers vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Vancouver Canucks at Florida Panthers
Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Bb&t Center)
FLA -145 O:U 6.5
The Vancouver Canucks go to Sunrise, Florida to take on the Florida Panthers on Thursday at the BB&T Center. The Canucks are coming off of a dominating loss to the Tampa Bay Lighting. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak that the Canucks were on. The Tampa Bay Lightning came into the game with a seven-game winning streak, and the Canucks lost a game between arguably the two best hockey teams in the NHL. The loss isn't a big deal, but the way they lost is a huge deal. The Canucks fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 9-2.
Vancouver is 23-16-4 on the season, and have primarily had the good record they have due to their offense, finding ways to score in bunches. Their leading goal scorer Elias Patterson leads the team in 17 goals and also leads the team in points with 39. The Canucks have scored 140 goals this season, which is the eleventh in the NHL and has given up 133 goals, which is 14th-fewest in the NHL.
The Florida Panthers are coming off of a loss to the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes are an excellent team, and a loss is not too bad of a look. However, the Coyotes have only won two of their last five games, which is concerning.
The Florida Panthers have a record of 22 - 16 - 5 on the season and 49 points in total, making them fourth in the Atlantic Division at the moment. The Panthers have a great offense, scoring the fifth-most goals this season, but the defense has been terrible, allowing the fourth-most goals this season.
Vancouver is 23-20 ATS this season
Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games.
Florida is 21-22 ATS this season
Panthers are 4-1 in their last five home games.
Both teams are coming off losses that are understandable, and likely won't hurt them too much. However, I do not think that the Vancouver Canucks loss is indicative of how they played this season. I think the Canucks just ran into a buzzsaw that is the Tampa Bay Lightning, and that they are still one of the best team of the last month in the NHL. I think that they will prove that in this game against the Florida Panthers, and have a convincing win. Final Score Prediction, Vancouver Canucks win 5-2.