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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers - 2/28/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV
The Line
Vegas Golden Knights -203 / Florida Panthers +180 -- O/U: 6.5
TV Channel
ATT-RM, FS-Florida
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The Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night.

The Florida Panthers will look to rebound after a 4-3 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period before the two teams traded goals in the 2nd with Arizona taking the lead before Mike Hoffman responded for the Panthers. Arizona would re-take the lead heading into the 3rd before Jamie McGinn tied the game for Florida and Aleksander Barkov gave Florida a 3-2 lead just 2:29 later. Arizona would bury a short-handed goal to tie the game at three for the remainder of the 3rd period. Off to overtime where the extra period solved nothing so it was to the shootout where Jonathan Huberdeau scored Florida’s opening attempt, but that was as good as it got for Florida as Barkov would miss while Arizona scored on all 3 of their attempts to secure the win and send Florida back empty-handed. Roberto Luongo took the loss, falling to 14-13-2 after allowing 3 goals on 30 shots through regulation and overtime.

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build on a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars in their last outing. Dallas jumped on the board first with the lone goal of the opening period before Max Pacioretty responded to tie the game with the lone goal of the 2nd period. We went into the 3rd tied at 1-1 and the score stayed that way for most of the final frame before Pacioretty scored his 2nd of the game with just over five minutes to go in the game. Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb scored a pair of empty net goals just 1:01 apart to secure the win for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win to improve to 30-19-5 on the year after stopping 23 of 24 shots faced in the winning effort.

Florida is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 road games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as a road underdog. Vegas is 2-6 in their last 8 games overall and 2-7 in their last 9 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.

The plus money is tempting with Florida given how well the Panthers have been playing lately, in relation to Vegas, but the fact is that the Panthers leave a lot to be desired in terms of their level of play on the road. On the other hand, I need to see more from the Golden Knights that they’ve turned things around before laying this kind of juice. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Yes, the total is kind of high as opposed to what we may be used to in this sport, but the Panthers are playing their 4th game in 6th days so there could be some tired legs in addition to the fact that there’s lots of scoring depth on both sides. I’ll take the over in a game I could easily see reaching 7-8 goals.

Over 6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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