Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers
NHL: Thursday February 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST
The Golden Knights had won their first two games after the All-Star break before losing their last game. They had totaled seven goals in the two wins and then only scored two in their last game. Vegas is in the top eight in the Western Conference but there are many teams still in the mix, as five teams trailing them in the standings are within seven points.
The Panthers have lost two of their three games after the break. In the two losses, they were shut out while in the one win they scored five goals. Yeah, very consistent. Florida is right in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference and while the defense has had issues this season they are led by an offense that ranks fifth in the league in goals per game.
Back to Sin City After ThisThe Golden Knights have played their last seven games on the road and this is their last road game before going back to Vegas. After a shutout win, Vegas lost their last game 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. They only gave up 18 shots in the game while having 29 and William Carrier and Paul Stastny scored in the losing effort. Marc-Andre Fleury (20-13-4 2.79 GAA) gave up three goals on only 17 shots in the game and with him starting the last two games backup Malcolm Subban (7-7-3 3.04 GAA) may get the call against the Panthers.
Max Pacioretty leads Vegas in both points and goals (31) and in his last five games has a goal and three assists. Mark Stone leads the team with 30 assists and has 18 goals, and he has a goal and two assists in his last five games. The Golden Knights are 13-11-4 on the road this season and are 1-4 in their last five games facing teams from the Atlantic Division.
Good Defense, No Offense
In their last game the Panthers were on the road where they had good D but could not light the lamp in their 1-0 OT loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. They were outshot 45-32 and Sergei Bobrovsky (20-13-5 3.19 GAA) played great in the loss turning away 44 of 45 shots.
He had given up seven goals in his previous three starts and he or Sam Montembeault (4-2-1 3.35 GAA), who has not started since mid-January, will get the call against Vegas.
Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team in points and assists and has three goals and one assist in his last five games. Evgenii Dadonov leads the club with only 23 goals but six players for Florida have scored at least 15 goals on the season. This season the Panthers are 16-8-2 at home and in the last four meetings between them and the Golden Knights the home team has won every time.
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Florida Panthers are:
- 7-2 in their last 9 games
- 4-1 in their last 5 games against teams from the Pacific Division
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Vegas Golden Knights are:
- 3-7 in their last 10 games
- 2-6 in their last 8 games against teams from the Eastern Conference
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against teams from the Atlantic Division