Florida Panthers vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (23-16-4) at Florida Panthers (22-16-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -140 / Vancouver Canucks +127 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers meet Thursday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Vancouver Canucks look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 19 goals, Brock Boeser has 26 assists and Tanner Pearson has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 77 goals on 949 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 38 goals on 407 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Florida Panthers need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 18 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 40 assists and Mike Hoffman has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 102 goals on 967 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 20 goals on 180 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 road games. The over is 5-0-1 in Panthers last 6 home games. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks have won five of the last eight meetings against the Panthers and have played high level hockey overall during this winning stretch. The Florida Panthers can be hit or miss and a lot of it has to do with goaltending that's simply not cutting it. With that said, the Panthers have bounced back nicely from losses all season and don't let poor results turn into three or four straight. At home, the Panthers should get the job done here.