The Florida Panthers (32-10-5) travel to meet the Carolina Hurricanes (32-11-3) Wednesday at PNC Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Panthers vs. Hurricanes odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Panthers are coming off a 5-2 road loss against the New York Rangers Feb. 1 before the All-Star break. That loss snapped a four-game win streak that saw them outscore opponents by a 22-12 margin.
The Hurricanes suffered a 3-2 loss against the Minnesota Wild in a makeup game Saturday in St. Paul. The Hurricanes have just one victory in the past four outings dating back to Feb. 7 when play resumed after the break.
Panthers at Hurricanes odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Panthers +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Hurricanes -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Panthers +1.5 (-240) | Hurricanes -1.5 (+175)
Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)
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Panthers at Hurricanes projected goalies
Sergei Bobrovsky (23-4-3, 2.56 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Frederik Andersen (25-7-1, 2.04 GAA, .929 SV%, 2 SO)
Bobrovsky has won each of his past three starts and eight of the past nine outings overall. That includes a 4-3 overtime victory in Raleigh Jan. 8 against the Canes when he turned aside 24 of 27 shots.
Andersen has dropped two of his past three starts since the All-Star break, allowing 7 goals on 93 total shots. That two setbacks are sandwiched around a 6-0 shutout in Boston Thursday.
Panthers at Hurricanes odds, lines, picks and predictions
Panthers 4, Hurricanes 2
The PANTHERS (+110) were playing good hockey before the hiatus, while the Hurricanes haven’t been as much of a sure thing as they were prior to the interruptions.
Florida won the most recent meeting at Carolina while going 8-1 in the previous nine games against teams with a winning overall record.
Against the spread
The Panthers +1.5 (-240) is just too expensive, costing you nearly two and a half times your return. Florida should be able to win this one straight up, and they’re a much better play on the money line at plus money.
UNDER 6.5 (-115) is the best play in this matchup.
Bob and Freddy have been playing tremendously in the crease for their respective teams. While we certainly have the potential for plenty of goals with two high-octane offenses, we should see 6 or fewer goals because of these two rested goaltenders.
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