A nice underdog pick last night with the Predators leading throughout the game and winning 4-2.
Coming right back with an underdog pick tonight….
Florida Panthers @ Winnipeg Jets – PANTHERS TO WIN (-107)
(Note: I’m risking 1.07 units to win 1 unit)
Florida is coming off of a 5-1 victory in Toronto on Tuesday, after they had lost their previous three games in shootout. Despite losing 3 of their past 4 games the Panthers have looked solid as of late, and could have easily gone 5-0 in their last 5 games. One of the those shootout losses came against tonight’s opponent in the Jets, in a home game they should have won. The Jets are home now after a 7 game road trip on the East coast. The Jets went 3-2-2 over those 7 games, but lost their last three. Tonight marks Winnipeg’s 4th game in 6 nights, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Panthers be able to take advantage of that. The Jets have had troubles defensively, as they are allowing 3.33 goals against per game this season. Winnipeg will be without 3 or 4 of their starting d-men tonight due to injuries (Meech, Enstrom, Hainsey out and Jones questionable). Ondrej Pavelec will most likely be between the pipes for Winnipeg, and he is just 4-5-3 on the year with a 3.31 GAA and .896 SV%. With Jacob Markstrom sent down the AHL I expect to see Jose Theodore in net tonight for the Panthers. He is 5-2-2 on the season with a 2.43 GAA and .922 SV%. Tuesday night he looked good in stopping 38 of 39 shots faced against Toronto. A lot of the Panthers early season success has come from their powerplay, which is converting at 22.6% (5th in the league). Note that the Jets are just 1-4 in their last 5 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. The Panthers look to even the season series between these two teams tonight, and I think they will take advantage of the Jets returning from a long road trip. Take Florida tonight as small underdogs.