Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers - 3/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers - 3/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (19-5-4) vs Nashville Predators (12-16-1)

Game Info: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -222 / Nashville Predators +180 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers meet Thursday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Nashville Predators need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 10 goals, Roman Josi has 14 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 68 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 34 goals on 323 shots faced and Pekka Rinne has allowed 55 goals on 542 shots.

The Florida Panthers look for a win after winning six of their last seven games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 25.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Aleksander Barkov leads Florida with 12 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 24 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up 29 goals on 363 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 48 goals on 504 shots.

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The Predators are 5-12 in their last 17 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Panthers are 16-5 in their last 21 games as a favorite and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Predators last 8 overall. The over is 5-0-2 in Panthers last 7 overall. The Predators are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Nashville Predators cant find consistency on either end of the ice and they've played their worst hockey on the road dating back to last season. The Florida Panthers are making the case as the best team in the league, have dominated in the favorite role and have won three of the four meetings against the Predators this season. In fact, the Panthers have won the last three meetings against the Predators by a combined score of 13-7. I'll take the Panthers and the PL.

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Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers -1.5

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