The BB&T Center plays host to a cross-country showdown as the Florida Panthers take on the visiting Los Angeles Kings. It’s the final time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. This one gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9 and it will be televised live on Fox Sports West.
Los Angeles Kings at Florida Panthers Odds
Florida (-105) is currently the underdog to Los Angeles (-115), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-120 under, +100 over).
Los Angeles is 29-24 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.1 units this season. Through 53 regular season contests, 27 of its games have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Kings are 15-12 SU on the road in 2017-18.
Los Angeles has converted on 19.5 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it has successfully killed off a whopping 85.2 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Kings have been called for penalties 4.2 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, 4.0 per game over its last five outings total, and 4.4 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays 8.8 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
With a .919 save percentage and 27.5 saves per game, Jonathan Quick (20-20-2) has been the primary option in goal for Los Angeles this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach John Stevens might go with Darcy Kuemper (9-7-3 record, .942 save percentage, 1.78 goals against average).
Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Kings. Kopitar (57 points) has tallied 21 goals and 36 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 15 different games. Doughty has eight goals and 31 assists to his creditand has notched at least one point in 28 games.
Over on the other bench, Florida is 23-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 51 regular season outings, 27 of its games have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 13-11 SU as the home team this season.
The Panthers have converted on just 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Florida players have been called for penalties 4.5 times per game in total this season, and 5.4 per game over their past ten contests. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays a whopping 19.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
James Reimer (27.7 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Panthers. Reimer has 13 wins, 19 losses, and five overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 3.04 goals against average and a .911 save percentage this year.
Jonathan Huberdeau (18 goals, 33 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the Panthers.