Florida Panthers (26-20-12) at Pittsburgh Penguins (32-17-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 22, 2015, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under:
The Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins play Sunday at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Florida Panthers look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have two power play goals in their last three games and have won five straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 21 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 23 assists and Jimmy Hayes has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Al Montoya has allowed 36 goals on 356 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 111 goals on 1,396 shots faced.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have one power play goal in their last 10 games and have won five straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Sidney Crosby has 40 assists and Chris Kunitz has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 99 goals on 1,304 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 39 goals on 417 shots.
The Panthers are 10-21 in their last 31 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-16 in their last 23 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 97-47 in their last 144 vs. a team with a losing record. The Panthers are 2-12 in the last 14 meetings in Pittsburgh and 9-21 in the last 30 meetings overall.
The Panthers have had no success against Pittsburgh overall, especially on the road. So, while I've been backing Florida a lot this season, this just doesn't look like a good spot to take them.