Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Kings vs Panthers NHL Odds
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(27-23-4) Los Angeles Kings vs. Florida Panthers (23-19-10)
Date: Thursday February 9th
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Florida -105
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Florida -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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2nd in the Pacific Division, the Los Angeles Kings head to Florida to take on the Panthers in the BB&T Center.
Florida, coming off a wild 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators, will look to grab a third straight win at home, and continue its streak of recent improvement.
Los Angeles Kings
4th in the Pacific Division, the Los Angeles Kings need every point the team can get at this stage in the season. The Kings have squandered two straight chances at points, losing both games by 5-0 margins.
The Kings have been shut out six times this season, including those last two games.
Los Angeles isn’t a very good goal-scoring team and has tallied just 132 goals on the season. 23rd in the NHL in this category, the Kings need to start finding ways to get the puck in the net more consistently if they want their playoff hopes to stay alive.
Center Jeff Carter continues to be the Kings’ main goal scoring machine. He has 27 goals along with 20 assists on the year. Over his last five games, he has three goals and an assist. Carter is having a fantastic, All-Star caliber year, one that deserves to see the playoffs.
Unfortunately for the Kings, Carter and left wing Tanner Pearson are the only players with double-digits in goals on the season. This isn’t conducive to winning a lot of games the rest of the way.
Despite everything that’s gone on with this Florida team this year, including the firing of head coach Gerard Galant, the Panthers are still right in the playoff mix in the Atlantic Division. Currently in 5th in the division, Florida can still make a playoff run happen, especially if it continues to win.
The Panthers have won three straight games and are finding ways to gut out wins against good teams. Florida has won all three by one goal. The team has been playing better on both sides of the ice, especially on offense.
Center Jonathan Marchessault has been playing some really good hockey for Florida. He has 15 goals and 17 assists this season, including two goals and two assists over his last five games.
Center Vincent Trocheck has been great as well. He has 18 goals and 16 assists on the year.
He’s been in a bit of a slump over his previous five games, scoring just one goal.
However, Trocheck is the type of player who just needs one opportunity to get things going and he’ll have his chances against the Kings.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in the last five games
- The Total has gone UNDER in seven of Florida’s last 10 games
Free Los Angeles Kings vs. Florida Panthers NHL Hockey Prediction:
This Florida team has clearly improved, especially with Huberdeau and Barkov back in the lineup. I like the Panthers to get the W in this one.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Florida -105
The Florida team that has taken the ice over the past few games is different than the team that has skated for most of the season. With Huberdeau and Barkov back on the ice, I like Florida to get the win, and the money line is a solid pick here.
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