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Panthers vs. Avalanche - 1/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche (18-17-9) at Florida Panthers (20-12-9)
Date & Time Thursday January 15, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers -125 / Colorado Avalanche +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
ALT, FSFL, TVA
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NHL | Colorado Avalanche (18-17-9) at Florida Panthers (20-12-9)
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The Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers play Thursday night at the BB&T Center.

The Colorado Avalanche are trying to hang around in the Central by splitting their last 10 games. The Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have scored two power play goals in their last seven games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Tanguay leads Colorado with 13 goals, Jarome Iginla has 17 assists and Matt Duchene has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Calvin Pickard has allowed 32 goals on 503 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has given up 65 goals on 822 shots.

The Florida Panthers have won four of their last six games and play their first home game of 2015. The Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers haven’t scored a power play goal in five straight games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 15 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 19 assists and Brad Boyes has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 73 goals on 959 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 32 goals on 284 shots.

The Avalanche are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-19 in their last 26 road games. The Panthers are 16-35 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest and 17-36 in their last 53 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Florida.

The Panthers have to be thrilled to finally be back home and should be able to take some of thier road success with them. We've been backing the Panthers almost all season and it's paid off if you continue to ride the ship. Look for Florida to pick up another key W.

Pick:
Florida Panthers -125

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