San Jose Sharks (8-6-2) at Florida Panthers (4-4-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 11, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers +127 / San Jose Sharks -140 --- Over/Under: 5
The San Jose Sharks and FLorida Panthers play Tuesday night at the BB&T Center.
The San Jose Sharks have lost three of their last five games and this will be the third game of a seven-game road trip. The Sharks are an offensive team that’s averaging three goals per game and has scored 12 goals in their last four games overall. A lot of the Sharks success comes on a power play that’s produced a goal in five straight games. The San Jose Sharks have won 11 of their last 15 games when scoring at least three goals. Logan Couture has seven goals, Patrick Marleau has 11 assists and Joe Pavelski has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, Alex Stalock has allowed 12 goals on 159 shots and Antti Niemi has given up 30 goals on 353 shots faced. The San Jose Sharks have allowed at least one power play goal in five of their last 10 games.
The Florida Panthers have lost three straight games and continue to struggle on the offensive end. The Panthers are averaging just 1.7 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last five games overall. Of course, it doesn’t help that their power play is producing a goal just 14.3 percent of the time. The Florida Panthers have lost seven of their 10 games this season when scoring two or more goals. Scottie Upshall has three goals, Jussi Jokinen has five assists and Nick Bjugstad has 34 shots on goal. The Florida Panthers defense is what keeps them competitive, as Al Montoya has allowed six goals on 62 shots and Roberto Luongo has given up 22 goals on 294 shots faced. The Panthers have allowed just one power play goal in their last four games.
The Sharks are 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 38-17 in their last 55 vs. Atlantic. The Panthers are 16-36 in their last 52 vs. Western Conference and 19-39 in their last 58 vs. Pacific. The Sharks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings, while the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I've been backing the Florida Panthers a bit this season and still think there's potential for a turnaround, as the offense just needs to get going. The Sharks haven't been great lately and the constant traveling could start taking its toll. There's value with the Panthers in this spot.