Free Florida vs Arizona Pro Hockey Pick

Posted by Henry Watkins on March 4, 2016 in

Every NHL season delivers a team or two that seem to come out of nowhere to have a great season. There are a couple of those teams this season, but it is arguably the Florida Panthers that have been the biggest surprise of all. Led by a seemingly ageless Jaromir Jagr, the Panthers have surged their way to the top of the Atlantic Division, which isn’t at all bad for a team that is rumored to be heading out of town at the earliest opportunity. There is still a lot of hockey to be played this season, and this great performance will all be for nothing if Florida lets this slip. They have what appears to be a pretty tricky trip to the desert to face the Arizona Coyotes this weekend, and they need to pick up the NHL betting odds win if they want to keep pace with the suddenly surging Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic.

How To Bet The Florida vs Arizona NHL Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Saturday, March 5 at 9 PM EST
Where: Gila River Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Radio: WQAM and KTAR
Live Stream: FoxSportsGo

Why bet on the Florida Panthers

This game will be the last of what has been a pretty brutal 5-game road trip for the Florida Panthers (36-20-8). They have gone just 1-2-1 through the first 4 games of this road swing, which takes their record in the last 10 games to a mediocre 4-4-2. The lead that the Panthers had at the top of the Atlantic has evaporated, as the Lightning have caught up with an 8-game win streak. It’s not all doom and gloom for the Panthers, though, as their 16-11-4 road record suggests that they are just in a bit of a rough patch as opposed to being on the brink of collapse. They had a 3-2 win over the Coyotes right before this road trip began, and another win here would be a nice way to end the trip. Florida are averaging 2.7 GPG, and are giving up 2.3 GPG.

Why bet on the Arizona Coyotes

It looked for a little while as though the Coyotes (27-31-6) were going to be another surprise team in the league this season, but their recent form has seen them all back to earth with a rather sickening thud. They have now lost 7 games in a row, and have seen their offense all but disappear without a trace. Right before this streak began, this was a team that still had designs on a playoff spot, but it’s fair to say that those dreams are now dead, as they currently sit 10 points back of the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Coyotes are a couple of games over .500 on home ice, so the Panthers are still going to have to tread carefully here. Arizona are averaging 2.6 GPG, and are giving up 3.2 GPG.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Panthers may not be playing their best hockey of the season at the moment, but they should still be more than good enough to beat a very wounded looking Coyote.

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