The Florida Panthers (23-12-2) travel to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights (22-11-5) on Thursday, January 4th. This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Panthers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Golden Knights are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kraken. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Florida Panthers vs Vegas Golden Knights
The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Panthers have an overall record of 23-12-2. Currently, they are 11-7-2 on the road, and carry a two game road win streak into the game. Their current record places them 2nd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 3rd in the Eastern conference. Florida’s average scoring margin this season is +.5 leading to an overall puck line record of 18-19. Their scoring margin at home is +.6 and +.4 on the road.
The Panthers most recently took on the Coyotes and secured a win with a score of 4-1. Against the Coyotes, the Panthers scored one goal in the first period and two times in the 3rd period. Out of Florida’s four goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 38 shots on goal and had five giveaways.
Florida came in as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage and, as a result, recorded a win against the puck line. Combining for 5 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
The Vegas Golden Knights Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Currently, the Golden Knights hold an overall record of 22-11-5 for the season. On the road, Vegas has a 9-8-3 record, while they are 13-3-2 at their home venue. They are currently positioned 2nd in the Western Pacific division and 4th in the Western conference. Vegas comes in with 13 wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost 10 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 18-20.
Coming off a 3-0 loss on the road to the Kraken, the Golden Knights are hoping to bounce back today. Vegas’ offense struggled vs. the Kraken, failing to come up with a goal in the game. The Golden Knights’ offense finished with 4 giveaways and attempted 35 shots on goal during the game.
Vegas took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 3 goals.
Florida Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Panthers are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 20th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 2nd in the league. Coming into the game, the Panthers have 16-11 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 5-1.
The Panthers’ over/under record this season is 14-23-0. For the season, they have had 20 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.5 goals per game.
Vegas Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Golden Knights are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 10th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. The Golden Knights went 12-8 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 9-3.
The Golden Knights’ come into the game with an over/under record of 18-20-0. Over the course of last season, they had 37 games that did not surpass the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games was 6.1 per game.
Florida Team Defense
Defensively, the Panthers are currently 29th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 26.8 shots per game against Florida. They also are 16th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Vegas Team Defense
Vegas defense takes on the Panthers ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.8 shots per game against Vegas. They alsso are 10th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Panthers vs Golden Knights Trends
- Across their five previous road games, Florida has an puck line mark of 2-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Across the Golden Knights last three home games, the team averaged 1 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 0-3, while going 0-3 straight-up.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Golden Knights have a straight up record of 1-2 and an puck line mark of 2-1.
- The Panthers have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Golden Knights to secure a victory over the Panthers at home. With the moneyline currently set at -109, I’m locking in my bet on the Golden Knights straight-up.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Panthers to cover. Even if the Golden Knights manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Panthers should cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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