Florida Panthers (26-35-8) at Phoenix Coyotes (33-25-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 20, 2014, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Coyotes -205 / Florida Panthers +186 --- Over/Under: 5.5
For the second and final time this season, the Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes will play a regular season matchup. These teams met on March 11, and Phoenix won 3-1.
Since acquiring goalie Roberto Luongo, the Panthers have split their last six games. However, Florida is coming off a 3-2 road victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Luongo has faced an unbelievable 209 shots in his first six starts for Florida. Much of the Panthers’ struggles have come on the offensive end, as they’ve scored two or less goals in four of their last eight games. Brandon Pirri has given the Panthers an offensive boost with three goals and four assists in his last five games. The Florida Panthers are 13-20-1-2 on the road this season.
The Phoenix Coyotes are probably experiencing their best stretch of the season, winning six of their last eight games. A lot of the Coyotes success has come from goalie Mike Smith, who has allowed three or less goals in eight straight starts. Offensively, the Coyotes have scored a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Keith Yandle continues to be an assist machine for Phoenix, racking up five assists in his last five games. The Phoenix Coyotes are 20-11-2-1 on their home ice this season.
The Panthers are 17-35 in their last 52 games following a win and 21-46 in their last 67 road games. The Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest. The Panthers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams, while the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Panthers have not won back-to-back games since January 20-21, and it’s crazy to think they have what it takes to knock off a hot Phoenix team on the road.
I’ll eat the chalk in this one.