Should the NHL Gambling Odds Favor Panthers over Preds?
Posted by: Charlie Smith
After finishing 1st in the Atlantic Division at the end of the 2015-16 NHL betting season, the Florida Panthers were poised to take the league by storm this time around. Last year’s impressive run culminated in a first round loss against the New York Islanders and the Panthers have been making it a point to get back to the postseason and improve on last year’s success. The NHL gambling odds didn’t think much about Florida’s chances at the start of the season, and so far the bookies have hit the nail on the head.
As things stand now, the Panthers are the humble owners of the Atlantic Division’s 6th place ranking. Through 39 games the Panthers have posted a 16-15-8 record, netting them a less than reputable 40 points. There’s still plenty of time for a Floridian turnaround, but the Panthers would need a drastic change to achieve the results they want. Florida can try to get started on that goal Friday night when they face off against the Nashville Predators. Let’s see what most hockey betting sites have to say about this pairing.
NHL ODDS – Friday, January 6th
Nashville Predators +1½ (-280) 5 (-135) +105
Florida Panthers -1½ (+240) 5 (+115) -125
Regardless of the fact that the Predators have 1 more win than the Panthers despite playing 1 less game, the NHL gambling odds are still siding with Florida. Additionally, the Panthers are coming into this game with their tail between their legs after receiving a 4-1 rearing from the Winnipeg Jets this past Wednesday night. On the other hand, the Predators will be swooping in with a bit of momentum after handing a 6-1 NHL betting beat down to the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road. This Friday night Nashville will once again be looking to prove their ability to win on the road. Nashville is coming into this contest with a 17-14-7 record and 41 points which ranks them 4th in the Western Conference.
This season the Predators are vying to qualify for the postseason in order to avenge the first round playoff loss they have suffered the last two previous years. The 6-1 triumph over the Lightning was a step in the right direction and beating the NHL gambling odds against the Panthers wouldn’t hurt either. Before the season began many hockey betting sites predicted that Nashville would make a deep playoff run this season, mostly because of the Preds physical defense, elite goaltending, and some decent offensive pieces. However, that offense had been lacking as of late and it was good to see them put on quite a show against Tampa Bay.
After shocking the entire NHL betting community with their playoff finish last season, the Panthers have been delivering one of the biggest disappointments we’ve seen this season. The Panthers have a decent mix of young talent and aging veterans but haven’t found the chemistry nor consistency to be considered dangerous. Florida has gone 1-5 in the last six games and seeing them get upset by the Predators would not be surprising at all.