Vegas Golden Knights at Florida Panthers
|Date & Time||Saturday February 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -116 / Florida Panthers -105 -- Over/Under: 6
The Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 17 goals, Alex Tuch has 24 assists and William Karlsson has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 111 goals on 1,245 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 22 goals on 228 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Florida Panthers also need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 26.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 23 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 37 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 70 goals on 673 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 72 goals on 696 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed four or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Golden Knights are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 9-4 in their last 13 overall. The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 3-8 in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The over is 14-6-2 in Panthers last 22 overall. The under is 6-2-2 in Golden Knights last 10 overall. The over is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 home games.
Right when it looks like either the Vegas Golden Knights or the Florida Panthers are getting their act together, they go back in one of these droughts where they can't get stops defensively and lose any progress they previously made. Vegas has probably been the more trustworthy team overall, but in a battle between two inconsistent clubs, I have to give the edge the home squad. Besides, the Panthers probably have a bit more upside to them and would be in a lot better shape if somebody, anybody could keep the puck out of the net. The Panthers at home and the cheaper price seems like the better option.