Florida Panthers (22-7-4) vs. Dallas Stars (15-12-2)
January 6, 2022 at 20.30 EDT
Lines: Dallas Stars -104 / Florida Panthers -118; Over / Under: +6
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The Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars meet in NHL action from the American Airlines Center Thursday night.
The Florida Panthers will look to build on a four-game winning streak following a 6-2 win over Calgary last time out. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 42 points, including a hold-high 31 assists, while Aaron Ekblad has 26 points with 9 goals and 17 assists as well as a team-best +20 plus / minus rating this season. Sam Reinhart and Carter Verhaeghe also each have 26 points, with Verhaeghe scoring 9 goals and 17 assists of his own and Verhaeghe logging on 8 goals and 18 apples. Anthony Duclair leads the Panthers with 13 goals so far this season. Sergei Bobrovsky has gone 15-3-2 with a 2.45 GAA and a .921 save percentage between the pipes for Florida, while Spencer Knight is 7-4-2 with a 3.39 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
The Dallas Stars will look to build on a 7-4 victory over Minnesota last time. Joe Pavelski leads the Stars in scoring with 27 points, including a hold-high 12 goals and 15 assists, while Jason Robertson has 25 points with 10 goals and 15 assists, and Roope Hintz has 22 points with 12 own goals. Miro Heiskanen also has 18 points with 14 assists. Braden Holtby’s posted a 5-7-1 record with a 2.44 GAA and a .923 save percentage, while Jake Oettinger is 7-2 with a 2.24 GAA and a .922 save percentage this season.
Florida is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 1-8 in their last 9 road games, while the overtime is 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Dallas is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage over 0.600 and 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Eastern Conference, while under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against the Atlantic division.
I get the case that could be done both ways here, but I will join the latter. Florida has scored goals for fun, and while those games have been at home, I have to believe it at least hangs a bit here. On the other hand, the Panthers have not been good on the road, and Dallas has enough talent in the ranks to capitalize on that and push us over that number.
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