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- Panthers vs Predators Betting Prediction and Pick
This Thursday, February 4th, the Florida Panthers will be taking on the Nashville Predators at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. The Panthers are (5-0-1) and are coming off a good win against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Predators are (4-5-0) coming off a tough 5-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In the last 10 meetings between the two teams, the Panthers have a positive record of (7-3-0).
This year has been a breakout year for the Panthers. They are exciting to watch and have come out looking like the team we have been waiting to see for several years now. Head coach Joel Quenneville is only in his second year but is already showing us why he got the job.
Aleksander Barkov who plays center and is considered by many to be the present and future of the panthers has expressed that after 8 years with the team this is the first time that he feels like they are starting fresh.
The Panthers are currently ranked 4th in offense and 9th in defense. They have a very young offense with a lot of energy this year. The starters we expect to see in this game are Aleksander Barkov C, Carter Verhaeghe LW, Anthony Duclair RW, MacKenzie Weegar D, Aaron Ekblad D, and Sergei Bobrovsky G. Goalie Sergei is on a $70 million contract.
Last year he had a slow start but this year he has come out of the gates with much more confidence. He has a save percentage of .894% only allowing 9 goals and making 85 save in his first three games.
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The Predators are currently 7th in the central division. They are ranked 27th in offense and 24th in defense. The Predator’s last game showed a subpar offense as they were only able to put up 2 goals in 31 shots.
Additionally, they had 3 power plays that game and could not convert on any of them. They also accrued 8 penalty minutes to further frustrate their efforts to win that game. The expected starters for the Predators are Ryan Johansen C, Nick Cousins LW, Viktor Arvidsson RW, Roman Josi D, Ryan Ellis D, Juuse Saros G.
I would expect Saros to cause a little trouble for the Panthers due to his career save percentage of .918 in his almost 7,000 minutes in the crease. Out of the 3,362 shots against him he has saved 3,333 of them which is an incredible number no matter how you look at it.
Panthers vs Predators Betting Prediction and Pick
The Panthers are favored in this game. The money is at -125 for the Panthers and +105 for the Predators. The point spread is -1.5 for the Panthers and the over/under total score is 5.5.
I predict that the Panthers will win because they have a young but experienced front line with a top defense to back them up. Plus a goalie who has seen almost 15,000 shots in 510 games and saved 13,711 of them.
If they can get the puck by Saros, the Panthers will cover the spread.