On the 7th of february the Florida Panthers welcomes the Pittsburgh Penguins at the BB&T Center. With the Stanley cup play offs coming closer by the day every game counts and the Panthers are currently second in the western conference. The Penguins are 1 point after New Jersey and on the spot below the line, however just 8 points differ from 3rd to 13th at the moment so this will be a crucial game for both teams.
The Florida Panthers will be coming into this fixture with 5 victories overall aswell as 4 victories and 1 defeat at home, the one defeat being versus the Oilers with 2-4. The Panthers have since then managed to recover and defeated both the Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning. The team led by Jagr has shown that they can manage even without the 43 year old and one of the keys to that is Montoya and Luongo’s goaltending, they are neck even at 93 and 93.1% save percentage respectively. This is very good news if the Panthers manages to make it to the play offs, something which is looking very likely at the moment.
The Panthers could be without Willie Mitchell heading into this game, the ETA for his return is currently undisclosed.
Pittsburgh Penguins will be coming into this game with 4 regulation time victories and 1 regulation time defeat aswell as 2 overtime losses, 2 regulation time losses (assuming they dont manage to turn tonight’s 2 goal deficit around) and 1 regulation time victory. The “Pegs” road game have been suffering as of late and it basically comes down to one thing: they seem to have trouble scoring on the road, the public has started to question why Crosby isn’t scoring and with Evgeni Malkin injured things aren’t looking any brighter coming into this fixture.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Eric Fehr, Evgeni Malkin, Pascal Dupuis, Beau Bennett, David Warsofsky and Nick Bonino for this game.
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The viking’s prediction for this game is an easy victory for the Florida Panthers, reading through our preview of the game this pick should be obvious. However disregarding the “Pegs” recent issues and the statistics there are several other things pointing towards a Florida victory; The Penguins have a large amount of injured players which looking aside the player issue also hurts the mood of the healthy players, the Penguins will be on a back to back road game having faced Tampa just 24 hours before this game.
Things are starting to come together for the Panthers with proper goaltending aswell as NHL all star Jaromir Jagr leading the team forward, the mental state of the two teams is probably at the absolute opposite at the moment and the Panthers will be looking to take easy points to strengthen their already good play off chances.
The other interesting picks for this game are the away team under, the Panthers -1.5 line aswell as the game total under 5.5 goals.
Florida Panthers – Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1 @ 19.00
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Florida Panthers – Pittsburgh Penguins,Florida Panthers -1.5 @ 2.85
Under 5.5 Goals @ 1.55
Pittsburgh Penguins team total Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.74
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