Florida Panthers (6-5-5) at Nashville Predators (12-5-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 22, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -195 / Florida Panthers +177 --- Over/Under: 5
The Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators play Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Florida Panthers have won three of their last five games and are slowly chipping away in the Atlantic division. The Panthers offense has woken up lately, scoring three or more goals in five of their last six games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.2 goals per game on the season but are 4-2 this year when scoring three or more goals. Brad Boyes is one of three Florida players with four goals, Jussi Jokinen has 10 assists and Nick Bjugstad has 45 shots on goal. Defense is what leads the way for the Panthers, as they’re allowing 2.5 goals on the season and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last nine games. Al Montoya has allowed nine goals on 99 shots and Roberto Luongo has given up 32 goals on 409 shots faced.
The Nashville Predators have won five of their last seven games and are first place in the Central division. The Predators live and die with a defense that’s allowing 2.1 goals per game and six goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators have won seven of their last nine games when allowing three or less goals and hasn’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Pekka Rinne has allowed 31 goals on 442 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up seven goals on 81 shots. Offensively, Filip Forsberg and James Neal have combined for 18 goals, Mike Ribeiro has 12 assists and Craig Smith has 49 shots on goal. This is the first of a four-game homestand for Nashville.
The Panthers are 25-57 in their last 82 road games and 14-29 in their last 43 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 10-2 in their last 12 home games and 13-6 in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest. The Panthers are 0-6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
You know I don't pay insane juice for anything. You should also know that I was high on the Florida Panthers before the season began and just wanted to see some consistency offensively. Well, here you go. The Panthers are starting to find their groove a bit and have been competitve all season long. For this pirce, I'm taking a shot with the Panthers.