The Nashville Predators (28-18-4) travel to face the Florida Panthers (35-10-5) Tuesday at FLA Live Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we look at the Predators vs. Panthers odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Preds limp into this game as losers of four outings in a row. They’ll be greeted by a Panthers team that cleans up at home. Florida is 23-3-0 on home ice as it looks to extend its Atlantic Division lead.
Nashville is a good team with an All-Star goalie, but it has been tough sledding in February. G Juuse Saros is 1-4-0 with a 3.49 GAA and an .892 save percentage across five February starts. The Panthers lead the NHL with 4.1 goals per game and 36.2 shots per game.
Predators at Panthers odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Predators +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Panthers -205 (bet $205 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Predators +1.5 (-135) | Panthers -1.5 (+110)
Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -120 | U: -105)
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Predators at Panthers projected goalies
Juuse Saros (24-15-3, 2.49 GAA, .923 SV%, 2 SO) vs. Sergei Bobrovsky (26-4-3, 2.51 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SO)
The All-Star Saros has been leaky during the four-game skid. He has allowed 15 goals during the stretch and has only seen 30 shots once. He’ll see 30 shots in this game, and it may get ugly.
Bobrovsky hasn’t stood on his head of late, but he hasn’t had to, either. He has allowed exactly 2 goals in each of the last three games on just under 23 shots per game. He was 2-1-1 with a 3.91 GAA in four games against the Preds last year.
Predators at Panthers odds, lines, picks and predictions
Panthers 5, Predators 2
The PANTHERS (-205) have won three games in a row and eight of their last 10. They are so good at home, and Nashville has struggled so mightily since the All-Star break. Consider watching the line closer to puck drop, but ultimately, the chalky price tag is worth a half-unit.
Against the spread
The PANTHERS -1.5 (+110) is where you’ll find your value in this game.
Florida has scored 4.3 goals per game over the last 10, and Bobrovsky has allowed 2 goals per game in his three contests in February. This is a matchup of two teams going in different directions, and the numbers lean to Florida.
The OVER 6.5 (-115) may be the best bet on the board here. The Preds have managed to score 9 goals in their four-game losing skid, and Bobrovsky has had his lapses. Any time the Panthers are on the ice, the Over is in danger.
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