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(25-20-10) Florida Panthers vs. Anaheim Ducks (30-18-10)
Date: Friday February 17th
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Honda Center in Anaheim, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Anaheim -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Anaheim -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Florida, continuing its West Coast road trip, will stay in California after an exciting win over San Jose and head to Anaheim to take on the Ducks.
Anaheim, coming off a gritty 1-0 shutout win over Minnesota, will look to continue its good run of play and beat a streaking Panthers squad.
A month ago, all looked lost for the Florida Panthers. The team wasn’t playing well under coach Tom Rowe, the offense couldn’t capitalize, and the defense was poor.
And then Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov came back from injury. Since their February 3rd returns, the Panthers have been a different team, playing the aggressive offense that saw the team capture the Atlantic Division a year ago.
Barkov has four goals and two assists in the four games since his return from injury, giving him 13 goals and 20 assists on the season.
Meanwhile, Huberdeau, playing in his first games of the entire season, has three goals and four assists in four games. The two have combined for 13 points since returning at the beginning of the month and this has a lot to do with how well Florida is playing right now.
If this play continues for another two months, there’s no reason why the Panthers can’t get back to the Atlantic Division playoffs.
Every game counts, so the team will look to capitalize on the momentum during this road trip.
Anaheim’s defense continues to be the best aspect of its season. The team ranks 7th in goals against this season, giving up 147 on the year, or about 2.5 per game.
The offense hasn’t been nearly as good, putting up 152 on the season – about 2.6 per game. The team has some spectacular individual offensive players, however, and have seven guys with double-digits in goals.
Center Ryan Kesler has 19 goals this season, along with 25 assists. Over his last five games, he has a goal and three assists.
Richard Rakell leads the team in goals with 22. He also has 10 assists. Over his last five, he has a goal and an assist.
Winger Jakob Silfverberg has been playing some solid hockey this season. He has 17 goals and 19 assists, including two goals and two assists in his last five games.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Total has gone OVER in four of Florida’s last five games
- The UNDER is 4-2 in Anaheim’s last six games
Free Florida Panthers vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Hockey Prediction:
Florida has been playing inspired hockey since the return of Huberdeau and Barkov. The team is scoring more, getting more shots on goals, and playing all-around good hockey.
I like the Panthers to get a W on the road.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5
Florida has played a lot of high-scoring games recently against teams that normally don’t allow a lot of goals. I think this will be a similar situation so I’m taking the OVER here.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Florida 4 – Anaheim 3
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