|NHL Hurricanes vs. Panthers Picks & Predictions for Saturday, April 7, 2012|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Saturday, 07 April 2012 14:00|
Hurricanes vs. Panthers Free Pick
SUNRISE, FL (ATS Consultants) – The Panthers are trying to hold on to first place in the Southeast Division after losing five straight, while Carolina is going for their third straight win. Florida hosts Carolina on Saturday at 7:35pmET.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the total at 5 goals, while Florida is a -174 favorite. Florida enters play with a 37-26-18 overall record and they are 20-9-11 at home. They are also 31-37 UNDER this year. Meanwhile, Carolina is 33-32-16 overall and 13-18-9 on the road. They are also 42-34 OVER this year.
LINE MOVEMENT: The total has remained the same (5 goals), while the Florida Panthers opened as –180 money line favorites and moved to -174.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 52% of NHL public bettors currently favor the Panthers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NHL FREE PICK: Take the over. According to latest NHL trends, Carolina is 21-6-2 over last 29 Saturday games, 6-2 OVER last 8 games as an underdog of +151 to +200, 10-4 OVER L14 road games and 8-3 OVER last 11 games as a road underdog. Florida needs this win to capture the Southeast Division, as they are two points ahead of Washington, who plays the NY Rangers on Saturday. But they are also in the playoffs. They can't play too conservatively but the Hurricanes, who won two straight, can certainly play free and easy. The pressure is on Florida, who has lost five straight games and just allowed four goals to Washington and five goals to Winnipeg. With nothing to play for but pride, Carolina will look to stuff the stat shee and that should make this an easy over.
SATURDAY NHL FREE PICK: PANTHERS/HURRICANES OVER 5.5