Florida Panthers at Anaheim Ducks Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/22/2014
Sunday, March 23, 7:00 PM on FSFL, PT
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
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Florida wraps up their West Coast road swing on the second half of a back to back against one of the Western Conference's top teams. The Ducks will have had two full days of rest before the game against the Panthers and will look to wrap up Sunday's game quickly and efficiently.
The Panthers actually haven't played too horrible lately. Sure they've only posted 4 victories in their last 10 but three of them have had huge money line payouts. A 3-2 victory in San Jose 5 days ago paid out a whopping +303 to Panther bettors and beating Anaheim on their home ice could show similar profits. That being said, it's hard to imagine if the road weary Panthers will have enough firepower to pull off the upset.
The 3rd place Ducks haven't really been playing like it lately. Anaheim has lost 2 straight heading into Sunday's contest and 6 of 8 overall. Bettors have taken a beating behind the Ducks as they've been favored in 5 of those 6 losses including 4 at -170 or better and a 3-4 loss to Montreal where Anaheim was -190.
The betting public will be looking for value in this matchup and might be leery of putting their faith, and money, on a struggling Ducks team. In fact, Florida was able to capture a 3-2 win over Anaheim back in November at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. While it seemed like a big upset, oddsmakers weren't surprised as they posted the Panthers as only +124 moneyline winners.
Florida is 13-24 straight up on the road this season
Florida is 18-16-3 against the over/under on the road this season
Anaheim is 24-11 straight up at home this season
Anaheim is 17-17-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/20/14 C Jesse Winchester Lower Body questionable
03/20/14 LW Sean Bergenheim Lower Body questionable
03/19/14 C Jonathan Huberdeau Upper Body expected to miss 1 week
03/11/14 D Erik Gudbranson Knee out at least 2 weeks
02/24/14 C Aleksander Barkov Knee out 4-6 weeks
02/20/14 RW Tomas Kopecky Concussion out indefinitely
01/21/14 D Mike Mottau Leg out indefinitely
10/30/13 RW Nick Sorensen Concussion out indefinitely
10/01/13 D Sheldon Souray Wrist out for season
03/21/14 LW Matt Beleskey Illness questionable
03/21/14 C Nick Bonino Foot questionable
03/19/14 D Cam Fowler Knee expected to miss 3-5 weeks
03/07/14 D Sami Vatanen Undisclosed expected to miss 2 weeks
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim
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