Florida Panthers vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (28-28-8) at Florida Panthers (33-25-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -160 / Chicago Blackhawks +144 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 28 goals, Jonathan Toews has 38 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 182 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 93 goals on 1,066 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed 94 goals on 1,152 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 14 games.
The Florida Panthers need a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 25 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 55 assists and Mike Hoffman has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 145 goals on 1,448 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 36 goals on 328 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in 16 of their last 20 games.
The Blackhawks are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games, 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. The Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games, 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 overall. The over is 6-1 in Blackhawks last 7 Saturday games. The over is 30-12-2 in Panthers last 44 home games. The Blackhawks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Florida and 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
The Florida Panthers have major defensive issues that may likely cost them a playoff spot this season in what's been highly disappointing, but they should be able to get the job done here at home. The Chicago Blackhawks have clearly run out of gas after making an honest effort to turn their season around, and they've been strong fade material the last couple of weeks. The Florida Panthers have their work cut out for them if they're going to get in the postseason, but they should earn an important two points here.