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The Florida Panthers (30-22-6, 66 points) head west on Monday to begin a road trip with their first stop in Northern California to play the San Jose Sharks (26-28-4, 56 points). The Panthers were beaten for the second straight time at home after falling to the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Florida is in fourth place in the Atlantic division four points behind third-place Toronto.
San Jose won its second straight by defeating the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Saturday. The Sharks have won four out of their last five with a loss to Calgary the only blemish over that span. The Sharks are in sixth place and the Pacific Division, 10 points behind 5th Place Arizona and far off the pace in the Western Conference playoff race.
Florida is slipping down the Eastern Conference standings.The Florida Panthers have lost two straight and are now in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings five points behind the eighth and final spot currently held by the Philadelphia Flyers. Florida must turn its season around quickly otherwise the Panthers will fall out of playoff contention.
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The team leader for Florida in goals scored is Evgenii Dadonov with 23. Center Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in both assists with 49 and points with 70. The Florida defense is allowing an average of 3.36 goals per game while the offense generates slightly more at 3.41 goals per game. Florida’s penalty kill is successful just 77.5% of the time and its power play scores 22.0% of the time
San Jose has won four of its last fiveThe San Jose Sharks are well down in the standings in the Western Conference in 13th Place but are just 10 points away from the eighth and final playoff spots and the way the Sharks are currently playing it's not an impossibility to reach, just ask last year's Stanley Cup champion, St Louis Blues. The Sharks have won four of their last five.
Evander Kane is the leading goal scorer for San Jose with 21. Defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the Sharks in assists with 34 and in points with 40. San Jose is allowing an average of 3.24 goals per game while scoring an average of 2.59 goals per game but he has been lost for the year. We also note that Evander Kaner has been suspended for this game. The penalty kill for the Sharks is successful 85.6% of the time, while the power play scores 16.1% of the time.
- San Jose is 1-7 in the last eight at home against Florida
- The Sharks are 1-7 in the last eight against teams from the Atlantic Division
- Florida is 5-1 in the last six versus San Jose
- The Panthers are 6-3 in the last nine played on the road
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Florida Panthers have lost six of their last seven but the Panthers have won five of the last six head-to-head with San Jose and have won seven of the last eight on San Jose's home ice. San Jose has lost seven of the last eight against a team from the Atlantic Division and at home, the Sharks have lost each of their last three. San Jose allows 3.24 goals per game and is scoring only 2.59 goals per game.
Prediction: Florida Panthers
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone over in seven of Florida's last eight when playing a team from the Western Conference and in nine of the Panthers last 11 verses a team from the Pacific Division. Florida is scoring 3.41 goals per game and allowing 3.36 goals-per-game. San Jose's defense had the best individual defenseman in the NHL with Erik Karlsson, but he is out for the year and the Sharks will not be able to hold off the rushes of the Florida Panthers led by Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov.