Florida vs Vancouver: prediction for the NHL game
Florida are the leaders of the Eastern Conference with a total of 51 points to their name. After the break, the Panthers won five out of six games and lost to Dallas in a penalty shootout (5:6 SO). After that, Florida defeated Carolina with a score of 4:3 in overtime.
The Panthers are experiencing problems on the defensive, but they compensate for conceding a lot by averaging about four goals per game. Brunette's charges lost only 3 games in regulation time this season.
Vancouver are currently in 13th place in the Western Conference standings with 35 points in the asset. The Canucks earned points in the last nine fixtures, and since Bruce Boudreau took over as head coach, they suffered only one defeat, to Los Angeles (1:2 SO).
In the following game, Vancouver celebrated success over Seattle with a score of 5:2. However, due to two suspended games, the club didn't play for ten days and lost momentum.
In 5 games out of 6, Florida scored more than 3 goals.
In 3 out of 5 games between the teams, more than one goal was scored in the first period.
Florida should not lose to Vancouver at home. The Panthers are one of the strongest teams in the league and they are on top form, while the Canucks haven't played for ten days. In previous head-to-head games, the Panthers defeated Vancouver in regulation at home, and we are expecting the same result today.
Our prediction - Florida to win
Games with Florida's participation are usually high-scoring, as the leaders of the team are in great shape and score a lot. However, they concede 2 or 3 goals per game, so we suggest betting on the total over.
Second bet - total over 6 goals