Florida Panthers (2-5-3) at Winnipeg Jets (8-4-1)
|Date & Time||Friday November 2, 2018, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -140 / Florida Panthers +127 --- Over/Under: 6
The Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets meet Friday in NHL action at the Hartwall Arena.
The Florida Panthers are starting to get desperate for a victory after losing eight of their first 10 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with five goals, Keith Yandle has eight assists and Evgenii Dadonov has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 71 percent of their opponents power plays. Michael Hutchinson has given up 14 goals on 87 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 18 goals on 148 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Winnipeg Jets look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 31.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with six goals, Blake Wheeler has nine assists and Kyle Connor has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 27 goals on 290 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed five goals on 116 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The Jets are 8-1 in their last 9 Friday games, 48-15 in their last 63 home games and 28-60 in their last 88 games playing on 0 days rest. The Panthers are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Winnipeg, 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
The Florida Panthers are too talented of a team to continue these struggles, but at some point they have to actually start showing progress before you can start putting money on them. I'm not going to keep backing the Panthers and just hoping things turn around. The Winnipeg Jets are playing solid hockey at both ends of the floor right now and have been really impressive defensively. While beating the same team twice in as many days is never easy, the Panthers are an easy fade in their current form.