San Jose Sharks vs. Florida Panthers - 2/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Florida Panthers (30-22-6) at San Jose Sharks (26-28-4)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under:
The Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks meet Monday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Florida Panthers need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 23 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 49 assists and Mike Hoffman has 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 135 goals on 1,302 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 32 goals on 290 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 14 games.
The San Jose Sharks look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 21 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 178 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 73 goals on 816 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 102 goals on 958 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Panthers are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in San Jose and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The underdog is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Florida Panthers are falling apart rather quickly and a lot of it has to do with a defense that just can't keep the puck out of the net. The San Jose Sharks are playing the better hockey and probably should be favored at home. However, the Panthers need to start winning if they're going to get back in the playoff race, and they've won three straight and five of the last six meetings against the Sharks. The Panthers have outscored the Sharks 15-5 in the last three contests. If the Panthers can't come away with two points in this game, their playoff hopes take another hit.