Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (26-9-3) vs Florida Panthers (26-10-4)

Game Info: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -150 / Florida Panthers +125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Thursday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Florida Panthers look for a win after winning six of their last seven games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Carter Verhaeghe leads Florida with 17 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 28 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up 35 goals on 509 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 65 goals on 724 shots.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 29.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 15 goals, Dougie Hamilton has 26 assists and Andrei Svechnikov has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has allowed 30 goals on 393 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 52 goals on 550 shots.

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The Panthers are 11-5 in their last 16 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Hurricanes are 13-5 in their last 18 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 overall. The under is 8-3-3 in Hurricanes last 14 overall. The Panthers are 12-35-2 in the last 49 meetings in Carolina and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 48-21 in the last 69 meetings.

The Carolina Hurricanes have won four of the five meetings against the Panthers this season, which includes four straight wins and a victory on Tuesday. However, we're getting arguably the best team in hockey at plus money. The Panthers are tied with the Colorado Avalanche with 56 points on the season, and they've done a good job of preventing losing streaks. The Carolina Hurricanes should be favored based on the recent matchups and the fact they're at home, but the value is with the Panthers and the plus money. 

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