Florida Panthers vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 2/6/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (27-21-7) at Florida Panthers (29-17-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -113 / Vegas Golden Knights -108 --- Over/Under: 12.5
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the BB&T Center on Thursday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to rebound from a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay last time out. Tampa Bay took the lead just after the midway point of the opening period before Will Carrier tied the game at one for Vegas just under five minutes later. The Bolts re-took the lead just 2:15 after that, and Tampa Bay held onto that lead going into the 3rd where Paul Stastny tied the game at two just under four minutes into the final period. Tampa Bay re-took the lead just after the midway point of the 3rd period and the Lightning would secure the win with an empty net goal in the last minute of the game, sending Vegas back empty-handed. Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss, falling to 20-13-4 on the year after allowing 3 goals on 17 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Florida Panthers will look to bounce back after a narrow 1-0 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last time out. Florida outshot the Blue Jackets 15-14 after 20 minutes of play, but it was all Columbus across the final two periods of regulation as Columbus outshot Florida 29-16 across the final 40 minutes, but even after all of that, no one could find the back of the net in regulation. Columbus would bury the game-winner less than two minutes into OT. Sergei Bobrovsky took the hard luck loss, despite stopping 44 of 45 shots faced in the losing effort.
Vegas is 3-7 in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Atlantic division while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. Florida is 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 15-5-1 in their last 21 games against the Pacific division. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I get that there could be some value with Vegas here, but this is the last game of Vegas’ eight game road trip and you have to imagine that these guys are just looking ahead and want to have this road trip be done and over with. Florida was unlucky to not get the win against Columbus but I think the Blue Jackets have better luck here and pick up the win over a mentally drained Vegas team.