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(27-37-9) Arizona Coyotes vs. Florida Panthers (31-30-11)
Date: Thursday March 23rd
Time: 4:30 PM
Venue: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Panthers -196
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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This Thursday’s tilt takes place in Sunrise between the Panthers and the Coyotes, two young rebuilding teams that are out of the playoff race this year.
The focus will shift to finishing strong and building upon that entering the start of next season, where both teams should have some new pieces come training camp.
The Coyotes have been in second-last place in the NHL for what seems like the entire season. The Desert Dogs rank 27th in both goals per game and goals against, so it doesn’t appear like bad fortune that’s causing their season standing.
It may be best for the team to tank at this point and remain in second last so that they have the best odds to land one of Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischer in this summer’s draft.
However, breeding a losing culture and mentality can be detrimental moving forward if it’s instilled within a young core.
The likes of top prospects, namely Dylan Strome and Clayton Keller, should be arriving shortly and could be the future along with Max Domi and Christian Dvorak up front.
Leading scorer, Radim Vrbata, is scheduled to become a UFA come July 1st.
The back-end has a solid foundation in place with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Anthony DeAngelo and Jakob Chycrun.
All are former top picks, with Ekman-Larsson already have developed into an elite, star player.
Florida was in the hunt for a playoff spot for a nice stretch, but has since fallen out of the hunt. They must be happy that they only had to give up a later round pick for Thomas Vanek at the trade deadline.
Aleksander Barkov, who’s been limited to just 57 games due to injuries, has recorded 20 goals and 47 points this year.
He is a member of the young core, along with leading point-getter Vincent Trocheck, Jonahthan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad, that will try to get them back in the playoffs next spring.
Ekblad was given a contract comparable to that of other elite defenders, but he’s has a down year with 21 points and a minus-23 rating.
Roberto Luongo landed on the disabled list in early March and the starting role has been occupied by James Reimer in his absence.
Reimer owns a .917 SV% and a 2.63 GAA on the year with 14 wins.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Arizona ranks 27th in both goals per game and goals against this year
- Pending UFA, Radim Vrbata, is the only Coyote who has more than 37 points
- Arizona is 11-21-4 on the road this year
- Florida is 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.
- Florida has a minus-25 goal differential on the season
- Florida is 16-17-3 this season
Free Arizona Coyotes vs. Florida Panthers NHL Hockey Prediction:
Neither team has been great at putting the puck in the net this season, but Florida has a decided advantage on the defensive side of the puck. The Panthers rank 18th in goals against at 2.8, compared to the Coyotes’ mark of 3.2 per game, which is 27th overall.
The over is 7-2-1 Arizona’s last 10 road games, but in these two teams’ last 9 head-to-head matchups, the under is 7-1-1 .
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5.
I’ll take the under.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Arizona 2 – Florida 3
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