Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers 12/18/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 12/17/2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
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The Florida Panthers, who are 6-4-6 on the road this season, will be visiting the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. The Panthers and the Flyers have already played each other twice this season, with both teams picking up a home win.
After a long shootout, the Panthers were able to defeat the Washington Capitals 2-1 at home on Tuesday night. In that game, Florida had a 29-24 shooting advantage, and they were able to win the majority of the faceoffs.
The Panthers haven't gotten their offense going yet this season, but their defense has done well to hold opponents to around 2.5 goals per game. Center Nick Bjugstad has been their best offensive player by scoring a team-high 12 goals and providing seven assists to his teammates.
On Tuesday night, the Flyers had their two-game winning streak come to an end when the Tampa Bay Lightning beat them 3-1 in Philadelphia. The Flyers lost despite outshooting the Lightning 24-23 and keeping them goalless on their four power play opportunities.
The Flyers have only scored around 2.5 goals per game this season, and their defense is allowing about three goals per game. Right wing Jakub Voracek has been their top offensive player by notching 11 goals and 26 assists in 30 games. Goalie Steve Mason has a 6-10-4 record this year with a 2.58 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Florida Panthers Betting Trends
Florida Panthers are 13-16-0 Against the Spread
Florida Panthers are 10-12-0 against the Over/Under
Philadelphia Flyers Betting Trends
Philadelphia Flyers are 11-19-0 Against the Spread
Philadelphia Flyers are 15-14-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/17/14 LW Shawn Thornton Groin is downgraded to out indefinitely
12/16/14 C Vincent Lecavalier Lower Body "?" Thursday vs Florida
11/01/14 C Ryan White Chest out indefinitely
10/09/14 D Chris Pronger Concussion out for season
10/05/14 D Kimmo Timonen Blood Clot out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia
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