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Panthers vs. Predators - 2/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nashville Predators (34-12-6) at Florida Panthers (23-17-10)
Date & Time Sunday February 8, 2015, 3:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FSSM, FSFL
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NHL | Nashville Predators (34-12-6) at Florida Panthers (23-17-10)
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The Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers meet afternoon Sunday at the BB&T Center.

The Nashville Predators have split their last 10 games and play their second road game of the month. The Predators are averaging three goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won three straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Three Nashville players are tied with 17 goals, Shea Weber has 24 assists and Craig Smith has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Predators are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Carter Hutton has allowed 32 goals on 321 shots faced and Pekka Rinne has given up 79 goals on 1,110 shots.

The Florida Panthers have split their last six games and are chasing a playoff spot. The Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have two power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 17 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 22 assists and Brad Boyes has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 96 goals on 1,175 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 34 goals on 328 shots.

The Predators are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 15-6 in their last 21 vs. Eastern Conference. The Panthers are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Predators are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings.

The Panthers seem to have found themselves again and are coming off some big wins against playoff teams. With Nashville playing Saturday, I like the value of a rested Panthers team getting the job done on their home ice. 

Pick:
Florida Panthers

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