Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Florida Panthers (32-23-6) at Vegas Golden Knights (32-22-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -170 / Florida Panthers +153 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Florida Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Florida Panthers need a win after splitting their last six games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 24 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 50 assists and Mike Hoffman has 171 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 138 goals on 1,334 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 32 goals on 290 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 17 games.
The Vegas Golden Knights look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 27 goals, Mark Stone has 37 assists and Reilly Smith has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 117 goals on 1,243 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 55 goals on 516 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 19 games.
The Panthers are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog. The Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The over is 34-15-2 in Panthers last 51 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 8-3 in Golden Knights last 11 home games. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Vegas Golden Knights lit the Panthers on fire in a 7-2 win a couple of weeks ago and have scored 13 goals in their last two meetings, which is scary given Florida's issues in net. Vegas should be the favorites on their home ice. However, the Vegas Golden Knights aren't the same home team they've been in past years and the Panthers have seem to found new life on this road trip. You could also argue the Vegas Golden Knights are in a bit of a letdown spot after beating Tampa Bay on Thursday, while the Panthers need points if they're going to see the postseason. I'll take a shot with the plus money and the desperate Florida Panthers.