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 Tuesday February 28th, 2017 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions.
(25-25-8) Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers (28-23-10)
Date: Tuesday February 28th, 2017
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Florida -130
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Florida -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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With losses in six of the last seven games, the Carolina Hurricanes are all but out of the playoff race, sitting in 8th place in the Metropolitan Division.
Florida, after a string of fantastic performances, has lost its last three games and hasn’t looked that great in the process. The Panthers will look to bounce back at home.
While Carolina doesn’t have a terrible defense, the Hurricanes have looked awful on the offense end all season. The Canes have scored just 145 goals this season, putting the team 26th in the NHL in that category.
The team averages just 2.5 goals per game.
Carolina only has four skaters who have scored more than 10 goals this season. One of them is left wing Jeff Skinner. Skinner has 20 goals and 19 goals, including two goals in his last five games.
Right wing Sebastian Aho has been a solid offensive player for Carolina as well. He has 17 goals and 16 assists. He has a goal and an assist in his last five games.
The team doesn’t have many goal-scorers outside of Aho and Skinner, which puts a lot of pressure on the defense and goaltending. Cam Ward’s record in goal hasn’t been great because of that.
He is 21-19-7 on the season with a 2.65 goals against average.
After a great stretch for Florida, which saw the team win five straight games, the Panthers have lost the last three games and haven’t looked nearly as impressive. The Panthers are still finding themselves now that the team is healthy and free of injury.
Despite the losses, this is cleary a different, and more complete Florida team. Since the return of Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, the Panthers have been much better on both ends of the ice.
In nine games this season, Huberdeau has four goals and five assists. Barkov has been playing very well recently also.
He has 16 goals and 21 assists on the year, including three goals and an assist over his last five games.
Center Jon Marchessault has been the glue for this team all season, especially while Huberdeau and Barkov were out with injuries.
Marchessault has 18 goals and 18 assists this season, including two goals and an assist in his last five games.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Carolina is 1-5 ATS in the last six games
- Florida is 5-10 SU in the last 15 games at home
Free Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers NHL Hockey Prediction:
Florida has lost three straight, but still has a much better team than the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina has played extremely poor hockey as of late and shows no signs of turning things around. Florida should get the W at home.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Florida ML
Despite a couple of losses, Florida is playing good hockey since Barkov and Huberdeau returned from injury. Against this Carolina team, the Florida money line should be a good bet here.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Carolina 2 – Florida 4
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