Atop the branch that is tumultuous, the team could find itself with the best five teams in the Atlantic separated by just five points. That group is the Florida Panthers. The South Florida squad has won eight of its last 10 games and has gone 6-1 with Jonathan Huberdeau finally back from an Achilles injury that kept him out of the lineup for the first 51 games of the 2016-17 season.
In this explosion up the Atlantic Division standings, the Panthers have amassed $699.44 of gain for $100 bettors and they’ve outscored their opponents by eight targets. Ahead of their current 10-game elongate, the Panthers had a -21 goal differential for the period and things were looking grim.
Their line, nevertheless, is back intact and is currently now making them one of the best five-on-five teams at the National Hockey League. Since the yield of Johnny Hubby, the combination of that, Aleksander Barkov and 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr has accounted for 21 points in seven games and drawn plenty of defensive focus from competitions — taking the pressure off an extremely talented second line centered by Vincent Trocheck, whose 45 points directs the team.
Nine of their final 24 games will come against teams within their division so there’s plenty of hay made to be created and also the goaltending duo of James Reimer and Roberto Luongo starting to play with their potential, this really is a group I would be targeting in branch futures. GM Dave Tallon has said he would be eager to deal some of their organization’s young talent in return for a player who may help them today so this will be a fun club to keep on eye as the clock ticks down to the market deadline.
For bettors, tread carefully. The margins by which the Panthers are winning matches are extremely modest and they have yet to be cashing spread bets when preferred, losing $100 puckline backers -$291.63 over the span of their past 10 games. This tendency is in line with Florida’s season on the whole as the Cats are among the worst puckline bets in the entire league, heading 5-24 ATS in games where they had been the favorite.
Although it hasn’t translated into success on the power play just yet, Tom Rowe’s strategies — which are heavily based on analytical models — have slowly turned the Panthers to a five-on-five nightmare. Despite owning the league’s fourth-worst power play that’s operated in an anemic 11.5 percent because the all-star break, the Panthers will be the hottest team in the league and are sneakily becoming a team that you don’t want to play at the postseason.
If you are a proponent of dream hockey, hanging to Huberdeau has paid dividends and when he’s still available on your league — that he is in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues — you should go to your free-agent pool at the moment and pick up him for the interest of all that’s hockey.
To get a breakdown of their game against the Oilers on Wednesday night, check out my preview here.