Florida Panthers at Dallas Stars - 3/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Dallas Stars - 3/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (35-26-8) at Dallas Stars (37-24-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Stars -140 / Florida Panthers +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5

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The Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars meet Thursday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.

The Florida Panthers need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 28 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 55 assists and Evgenii Dadonov has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 151 goals on 1,505 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 39 goals on 356 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in 18 of their last 25 games. 

The Dallas Stars need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Denis Gurianov leads Dallas with 20 goals, Tyler Seguin has 33 assists and Alexander Radulov has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 99 goals on 1,259 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 62 goals on 882 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 23 games.

The Panthers are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The under is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Stars last 7 overall. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

It's easy to pass on the Dallas Stars who have lost six straight and struggle to find consistent offense. The Florida Panthers have put together their three best defensive efforts in their last three contests, and they need all the points they can get as they fight for a playoff spot in a crowded East. We're getting plus money with the team that's playing better and hungrier hockey. Give me the Florida Panthers. 

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Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers +120

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