Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Panthers vs Predators NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(13-4-4) Florida Panthers vs. Nashville Predators (10-12-0)
Date: Thursday, March 4th
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville OH
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Panthers -135| Predators +115
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Panthers -1.5 (+185)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
There’s perhaps no better time for the Predators to sneak one in over Florida than now, as the Panthers are in a bit of a rut after dropping two straight. That’s about as big of a rut you get for a team that has scored points in 17 of 21 this year.
Of course Nashville doesn’t exactly exude confidence either, falling 4-2 to Carolina on Tuesday. The Preds had been playing better hockey though, sweeping Columbus before that as part of 4 wins in 5 games.
Oddsmakers like the Panthers to bounce back on Thursday, making them pretty significant road favorites. Florida’s two straight losses did both come in OT, and against a Carolina team that has the 2nd most points in the NHL (31).
Both of those defeats came at home however, and Florida makes their first venture on the road in the last five games. The Panthers haven’t played an away game since February 20th, a 2-1 loss at lowly Detroit.
That being said, Florida has been great in away games this season, going 6-1-1 away from Sunshine. Their success this season (30 points, 3rd in East) has been due to a great offensive approach that ranks 10th in goals and 1st in SOG.
It’s really been a balanced approach that has fueled that Panthers offense, as five players have between 7 and 9 goals. Nashville gives it up too, allowing 3.0 goals/game which is 24th in the NHL.
Nashville has shown signs of turning things around lately. Even with the loss to the Hurricanes, the Predators are 4-2 over their last 6 games. The damage may have already been done though, as Nashville has just 20 points on the year.
Defense fueled the Predators two game sweep of the Blue Jackets, as Nashville outscored Columbus 5-2 in that two game set. Juuse Saros was between the pipes for both of those victories, but he’s got an upper body injury and is questionable.
That likely means it’s Pekka Rinne in net vs. Florida. He stopped 16 of 17 shots in relief of Saros on Tuesday and boasts a 2.46 GAA and .913 save percentage on the year. Rinne gave up four goals to the Red Wings in his last start however.
Nashville does still have Filip Forsberg (for now), but he’s on a four game streak without a goal. That run might continue if Chris Driedger plays goal for Florida, as he has a 2.25 GAA on the season and is 7-2-1.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Panthers are 5-1 last 6 road games
- Panthers are 7-3 last 10 as a road favorite
- Under is 5-1 in Panthers last 6 overall
- Predators are 0-6 last 6 as a home underdog
- Panthers are 5-2 last 7 head to head meetings
Free Florida Panthers vs. Nashville Predators NHL Prediction:
Florida is on a two game losing streak, but they both came in OT against a good Carolina team. There may be some trepidation on the Panthers playing their first road game in almost wo weeks, but they are also great going away.
Nashville has been playing better lately, but they are still a very hit or miss team. There’s value on the Preds as +115 home underdogs, but Florida is just too good.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Panthers -135
Rinne is too unpredictable and Florida has a nice, balanced offensive attack.
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