Florida Panthers at Nashville Predators
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers +196 / Nashville Predators -230 -- Over/Under: 6
The Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Florida Panthers look for another victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 25.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 22 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 35 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 67 goals on 623 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 70 goals on 657 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Nashville Predators look for a bounce back victory after splitting their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Ryan Johansen has 34 assists and Mattias Ekholm has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 82 goals on 941 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 42 goals on 469 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Panthers are 4-9 in their last 13 Saturday games, 0-6 in their last 6 road games and 1-8 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 9-4 in their last 13 Saturday games and 64-30 in their last 94 home games. The Panthers are 2-8-1 in the last 11 meetings in Nashville and the home team is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings. The over is 4-0-1 in Predators last 5 overall. The over is 13-5-1 in Panthers last 19 overall.
One win doesn't change the outlook of the Florida Panthers, as this is a team that continues to get blasted on the defensive end and is even less trustworthy on the road. The Nashville Predators continue to play their best hockey at home and have the offense to expose the Panthers defensive issues, especially with them on the end of a back to back. The price with the Predators is insane and I usually shy away from ridiculous favorites in the NHL, but I have little confidence in the Panthers right now. It's probably worth laying the big price.