Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Hurricanes vs Panthers NHL Odds
Looking for Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Hurricanes taking on the Panthers on Thursday February 21st at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Hurricanes Panthers matchup.
(31-23-4) Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers (26-24-4)
Date: Thursday, February 21st
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Canes -105 | Panthers -115
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6
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The Florida Panthers currently find themselves in a much better place in picking up wins in their last three outings. Their win over the Buffalo Sabres at home was their fourth home win in six games as their offense has posted at least three goals in four of these outings.
The Hurricanes, despite dealing with offensive inefficiency all season, fell back to their old ways in posting just a goal in their loss versus the New York Rangers. Despite their inability to remain consistent offensively, their defense has been solid in ranking in the top six teams in the league in goals allowed/shots per game.
The Hurricanes entered their matchup with the Rangers winners of three straight games. During this time, they allowed only two goals; However, New York posted two goals on the night on 26 shots on goal while goalkeeper Hinrik Lundqvist (17-16-6) had 43 saves on the night for an outstanding .977 save percentage in the win.
Jordan Martinhook was the long goal scorer for Carolina in this contest as his goal was the first of the game. However, despite 44 shots on goal for Carolina, the Hurricanes were not able to get any breaks late en route to the loss.
Goal leader in Sebastian Aho (24) failed to score a single goal in the last 8 games, overall, for the Hurricanes. On the other hand, shot leader Dougie Hamilton (185) has also not scored in the last four games for Carolina, despite having ten shots on goal during this time.
After enduring a one point deficit throughout the first two quarters of the game, the Florida Panthers caught fire in the final period versus the Buffalo Sabres. When all was said and done, the Panthers posted four goals in the session as Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals to begin, and end, the scoring for Florida in the victory.
Alexsander Bakov along with Jayce Hawryluk each scored goals as well for the Panthers as the team won its third straight home game after dropping four of their prior seven outings on their ice. It will be important to note that Huberdeau (15) has an assist in three of the last five games for Florida.
The Hurricanes picked up a three-goal win over Florida in their last meeting in November of 2018 as the Hurricanes exploded for three runs in the final period to seal the win. Also, Carolina has won four of their last five road games while also obtaining some confidence in winning three of their last four, overall.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Hurricanes are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Florida.
- Hurricanes are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
- Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida.
- Favorite is 43-16 in the last 59 meetings.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Carolina Hurricanes ML
Look for the Hurricanes to prevail in this contest as they have certainly been much more competitive lately, primarily due to their solid defense. As stated, Carolina has also played well on the road and will perform well in this contest versus a Florida team that ranks 28th in goals allowed this season. Look for the Hurricanes to squeak out a 3-2 victory in this exciting NHL showdown.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Hurricanes 3 – Panthers 2
While both teams have played well in their own right(s) recently, look for the Hurricanes to control the pace of this contest throughout. Of course, the Panthers will make a game out of it late; However, the Hurricanes will prevail in the end due to their overall defensive prowess.
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