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(15-14-8) Florida Panthers vs. Dallas Stars (16-14-7)
Date: Thursday December 29th
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Dallas -155
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Dallas -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Florida has lost yet another star player in Aleksander Barkov and will have to find a way to fill his spot and beat the Stars in Dallas on Saturday night.
Dallas, winners of three straight and four out of five, will look to continue its solid recent run and win at home.
After posting a franchise record 103 points in 15-16, a lot was expected of the Panthers this year. However, unfortunate injuries and an unexpected head coach firing have led Florida to a mediocre 15-14-8 record.
The team is really struggling after firing Gerard Gallant and promoting Tom Rowe to interim head coach. The Panthers are just 2-4-3 since Rowe took over.
Injuries are a huge problem for the Panthers, ever since the season began. Jonathan Huberdeau has been on the IR all year after suffering an Achilles tendon injury that required surgery.
And now leading scorer Jonathan Marchessault has sat out four straight games with a lower-body injury and it’s unknown if he’ll play against the Wild.
Now, Aleksander Barkov has been placed on the IR for two to three weeks with a lower body injury.
Alex Petrovic and Denis Malgin are also on the injured list.
The Panthers will have a hard time filling someone in for the explosive Barkov and it will be tough for them to beat the Stars in Dallas.
Dallas is still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Central Division, thanks to its solid recent run. The Stars have won four out of the last five games and are showing signs of improvement on defense.
Unfortunately for Dallas, the team didn’t start playing good defense earlier in the year. The Stars rank 24th in the NHL in goals against, allowing 110 on the year.
The offense has struggled overall, as well. The team doesn’t have a lot of explosive goal scorers and has relied on Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Patrick Eaves to get the Stars on the scoreboard. Benn has 10 goals and 23 assists on the year, Seguin has 13 goals and 24 assists, and Eaves has 12 goals and 9 assists.
Beating the Panthers on Saturday night will require some good play from these offensive stars, and also taking away the offensive zone for the Panthers. Limiting Florida’s shots on goal will give Dallas a good shot at winning.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The UNDER is 4-1-0 in Dallas’ last five games
- Florida is 1-1-3 in its last five games
Free Florida Panthers vs. Dallas Stars NHL Hockey Prediction:
Florida has had a rough go of it this year. Against a decent Stars team, it will be tough for them to win without a couple of their best players. Dallas gets the W at home.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Dallas -155
Dallas is healthy and has Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, both who can score. Dallas is the pick.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Florida 2 – Dallas 3
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