Florida Panthers (24-17-11) at Dallas Stars (25-21-8)
|Date & Time||Friday February 13, 2015, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Dallas Stars / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under:
The Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars play Friday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Florida Panthers hope to find some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have scored three power play goals in their last two games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 19 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 22 assists and Brad Boyes has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven straight games. Al Montoya has allowed 34 goals on 328 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 102 goals on 1,256 shots.
The Dallas Stars also look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Stars are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Dallas Stars have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 29 goals, Jamie Benn has 31 assists and Trevor Daley has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Stars are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Kari Lehtonen has allowed 129 goals on 1,370 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 32 goals on 256 shots.
The Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games. The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Panthers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Dallas and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Panthers have crushed the Stars in their last few meetings, and I expect that to continue here. The Panthers have also had more recent success on the road than on their home ice. I like the value of the road team, as it's another good spot to take Florida.