Blackhawks vs. Panthers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Florida is favored in this game, as the Panthers are getting odds of -115 to win, while the Blackhawks are listed with a money line of -105 to prevail. The over/under total is set at 5.5 goals. Tonight’s game takes place from BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Chicago is coming off a 3-2 OT loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday, snapping a two-game win streak. The Blackhawks are 10-8-3 overall and 5-4-2 on the road. Chicago is putting up 3.00 goals per game while allowing 2.67 goals per contest. Patrick Kane has eight goals and 13 assists this season while Artem Anisimov has 10 goals. Corey Crawford is 9-7-1 in net this season with a 2.23 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
Florida is coming off a 2-1 shootout win over Toronto on Wednesday to end a two-game losing streak. The Panthers are 8-11-1 on the season and 5-3-2 at home. The Panthers are putting up 2.90 goals per game while allowing 3.43 per game. Vincent Trocheck is leading Florida with nine goals and 13 assists while Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov each have 21 points. Roberto Luongo is 5-4-1 in net this season with a 2.59 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
The home team has won four straight meetings between these two teams, but the Blackhawks have won eight of the last 10 in this series. Florida is 1-4 in their last five games with a losing record and 1-5 in their last six games following a win. Chicago has managed to win six of its last seven Saturday games. I think the Blackhawks will be able to handle Florida on the road today. The public betting for today’s game is siding with Chicago as well.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS -105