Today's Free Picks for
Posted at 12:15 PM EST.
7:00 PM EST. OT included. The Panthers are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Jackets, which is nothing to hang one’s head over but as the season winds down, the pressure increases, as the Panthers are fighting for their playoff lives. Florida is three points back of the Devils for the final playoff spot but it has two games in hand on New Jersey. Florida won its previous two games, both on the road, but it came against Ottawa (the day their captain lost a child) and Montreal. The Panthers have also lost two of their last three home games to Edmonton and Ottawa while barely getting by the Rangers 4-3. Looking closely at Florida, you see they have only played two playoff bound teams over their past 11 games and they are not killing it by any stretch. The non-playoff team they’ll face here is playing better than any other. Lastly, the scheduling spot for the Panthers has proven to be a difficult one, that being coming home from a three game road trip for one lousy game before heading out again for four more. Beginning on Monday, the Panthers will play successive games in Brooklyn, Toronto, Ottawa and Boston.
The Coyotes are coming off a 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes but had Antti Raanta been in goal for Arizona, the result would have been different. Darcy Kuemper allowed all six goals on 30 shots. No goaltender in the NHL has been hotter or better than Raanta over the past six weeks. Raanta has won back-to-back games and he's given up two goals or fewer in four consecutive games. He owns a 17-16-6 record with a 2.37 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage this season but that save percentage is .954 over his last 10 starts, which is the best mark in the NHL over any 10-game span this season. When you receive such great goaltending, you can get outshot 41-20 and emerge victorious and that’s all the info we need to back the Coyotes at a price like this. Goaltending wins games in this league every single night and it sure doesn’t hurt that Arizona is 14-6-2 over its last 22 games and that James Reimer is in goal for the Cats. Big overlay.
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Arizona +183 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.66)