The Golden Knights arrive in Florida to face the Panthers on a three-game win streak, and Jack Eichel is a big reason why. In a matchup of two solid foes, our NHL betting picks are looking to the player prop market.
The Vegas Golden Knights will go for their fourth straight win when they commence a five-game road trip at FLA Live Arena against the Florida Panthers tonight.
The Panthers are a mediocre 5-5 SU in their last 10 games, trading one loss for one win in a perfect pattern in that span.
Can Vegas stay hot, or will Florida finally string some triumphs together? Find out in our free NHL picks and predictions for Golden Knights vs. Panthers on Tuesday, March 7.
Golden Knights vs Panthers best odds
Golden Knights vs Panthers picks and predictions
Jack Eichel has been a big reason why the Vegas Golden Knights enter this tilt on a three-game winning streak. He had two tallies against the Hurricanes on Wednesday, followed by a one-goal, one-assist effort against the Devils on Friday.
Eichel registered an assist on Sunday against the Canadiens to extend his point streak, but in a strange turn of events, he failed to record a single shot on goal. That hadn’t happened to him since Jan. 21, a stretch of 15 games. It was only the fourth time all season that Eichel was blanked in the shots department.
I’m expecting Eichel to get back on track in terms of shots on goal against the Florida Panthers, who are far from the most defensively-sound squad in the NHL. The line for this particular player prop is a bit ambitious at 3.5, but getting plus-money on the Over makes it appealing.
Eichel had at least four shots on goal in three of his four games prior to Sunday. He trails only Jonathan Marchessault for the team lead in shots, 185-180, but Marchessault has suited up seven more times this season.
The Panthers are 22nd in hockey in shots allowed per game (32.2), and their defense actually allows more enemy shots at home (33) compared to their overall figure. That’s good news for the uber-aggressive Eichel, who has 91 shots on goal over 22 road games, compared to 89 shots in 28 home games this year.
The Golden Knights have already faced the Panthers once this season, a Jan. 12 home game. Eichel found the back of the net once in that 4-2 victory and peppered netminder Sergei Bobrovsky with 10 shots. I wouldn’t expect Eichel to reach double-digits again, but getting to four shots on a goal is a reasonable expectation at solid odds.
My best bet: Jack Eichel Over 3.5 shots on goal (+115)
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Golden Knights vs Panthers moneyline analysis
To take the Panthers at worse than -150, you’d have to believe that Florida is a significantly better squad than Vegas, and that doesn’t appear to be the case. The Golden Knights hold underdog appeal at the +125 range.
Adin Hill is the presumptive starter following a game off on Sunday, and he’s recorded a save percentage of .920 or better in five of six starts since assuming the No. 1 role from the injured Logan Thompson. He’s given up two or fewer goals four times in that span.
The biggest roadblock to picking the Panthers has to be their dreadful record coming off a win, at 7-22, in a 29-game sample. Meanwhile, Vegas knows how to put together victories, as it’s 6-2 in its last eight games following a win. The Golden Knights are also 9-3 in their last 12 overall, and 12-3 in their last 15 games against Atlantic Division foes.
Vegas has been an underdog between +126 and +175 only seven times this season, going 3-4 SU. The Knights have, however, caught goals on the puck line 16 times this year and gone 13-3, so perhaps that’s the better play at about -185. It’s at least something to consider for parlay players.
Golden Knights vs Panthers Over/Under analysis
The Over/Under for this one started at 6.5 with a juiced Over, and 7s are beginning to pop up. Bettors should ignore the steam and grab the Under.
While Florida has been friendly to Over bettors this year at 34-23, Vegas had paid off Under bettors more often than not, as it sports a 25-33 O/U record. The Panthers have been trending Under lately too, going below the total four straight times.
The Golden Knights’ last 10 games have averaged only 5.7 goals, while the Cats have averaged only 6.1 total goals in their last 10 overall.
It could be a sleepy night for special teams, as Vegas’ 15th-ranked penalty killers battle the Panthers’ 15th-ranked power play. Florida has only two power-play goals in its last 10 games, failing on 27 additional opportunities.
The Panthers’ 27th-rated penalty kill — which has allowed at least one goal in eight straight — is ripe for the picking on most evenings, but Vegas simply doesn’t draw many penalties. The NHL’s 19th-ranked power play has had two or fewer chances in each of its last eight games, going 1-for-11 in that span.
Bobrovsky figures to fluster Vegas’ scorers, as he’s allowed only four goals in his last three starts, stopping 80 of the 84 shots he saw.
Golden Knights vs Panthers betting trend to know
The Under is 10-1-1 in the Golden Knights’ last 12 road games. Find more NHL betting trends for Golden Knights vs Panthers.
Golden Knights vs Panthers game info
|FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL
|Tuesday, March 7, 2023
|7:00 p.m. ET
|ATTSN-RM, Bally Sports FLX