Nashville Predators (30-18-4) vs. Florida Panthers (20-20-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 1, 2019 (BB&T Center)
Line and Odds: Nashville Predators -120/ Florida Panthers +100 Over/Under: 6
The Nashville Predators and the Florida Panthers square off for the second and final meeting of the season at the BB&T Center. The Panthers stole a victory on Jan 19 in Nashville as they won 4-2. The Predators are on a two game winning streak looking to win their third straight game on Friday. The Panthers are currently on a three game winning streak looking for their fourth straight.
The Nashville Predators have won six of their last ten games. The Predators currently sit in second place in the Central division with 64 points. The Preds have played well on the road this season, as they are 14-9-4 in 27 games played. The Preds are coming off their bye week from the All-Star weekend. In their last game they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 on Jan 23.
Ryan Johansen currently leads the team in points with 43 points ( 9 G, 34 A) in 50 games played. Pekka Rinne will be in net for this matchup. Rinne has 18 wins, 2.47 GAA, and a .915 save % behind the crease this season. The power play has been one of the bottom teams in the league. The Preds are ranked 30th in the league only converting on 13.1% with the man advantage this season. On the other hand, the the PK has been better, as they are 15th in the league killing off 80.5% of their penalties.
The Florida Panthers have won three games in the past ten games but have won three straight games to end before the All-Star break. In their last game the Panthers dominated the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Jan 21. The Panthers have been playing solid at home, as they are 10-6-5 in 21 games at home this season. The Panthers are in a tough hole as they are 12 points behind the final wild card spot.
Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team in points this season with 49 points (12 G, 37 A) in 48 games played. Roberto Luongo will be in net for this matchup. Luongo has 10 wins, 3.18 GAA, and a .896 save % this behind the net this season. The power play has been solid this season for the Panthers, as they are third in the league converting on 26.8% with the man advantage. The PK is currently 14th in the league killing off 80.6% of their penalties this season.
Nashville is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Nashville is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Nashville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Florida
Nashville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Florida
Florida is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Florida is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Florida is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Nashville
Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Nashville
ESPN NHL PICKS Nashville Predators vs Florida Panthers
This game should be an interesting matchup as both teams played each other less than two weeks ago. Look for both teams to try and take advantage of their power play opportunities. This game should go under the six goals. The Panthers should win this game in front of their home building. They have been playing solid hockey in the past week and especially at home. They should muscle out the victory.
Pick: Florida Panthers +100