Florida Panthers vs. Dallas Stars - 12/20/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers vs. Dallas Stars - 12/20/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars (20-12-4) at Florida Panthers (16-12-5)

NHL Hockey: Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers -135 / Dallas Stars +122 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers meet Friday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Dallas Stars look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Roope Hintz leads Dallas with 12 goals, Tyler Seguin has 19 assists and Alexander Radulov has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 47 goals on 700 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 28 goals on 386 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in seven straight games.

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The Florida Panthers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brett Connolly leads Florida with 14 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 30 assists and Mike Hoffman has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 77 goals on 793 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 20 goals on 180 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. The Panthers are 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games. The under is 55-24-10 in Stars last 89 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Panthers last 8 overall. The Stars are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings. The road team is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings. The under is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings in Florida.

The Dallas Stars have won four of the last five meetings against the Panthers and have the defensive effort that's attractive in the underdog role. The problem is the Stars are on the end of a back to back that included overtime, and they're playing a Florida Panthers that's coming off one of the their more complete performances in quite some time. There's a major rest advantage for the Panthers and they're an explosive team I like to back when they show signs of that defense improving. I'll back the Panthers and the cheap price on their home ice. 

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Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers -135

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