Puck Line Pick
The Florida Panthers are an improved team this season and will be in the playoff mix. They have a record of 24-16-5 and 53 points, which puts them in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. Florida enters this game riding a two-game winning streak, which includes an 8-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Sunday. The Panthers will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they host the Kings on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings have one of the worst records in the Western Conference. The Kings have a record of 18-25-5 and 41 points, which is the 2nd worst record in the conference. Los Angeles has also lost their previous two games, including a 3-4 shootout loss on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. I look for Florida to look dominant in this game and cover the puck line against Los Angeles on Thursday.
Over Under Pick
The Florida Panthers are one of the highest-scoring teams in the league this season. The Panthers enter this game averaging 3.69 goals per game, which is the most in the NHL. However, Florida has been one of the worst teams defensively this season as they are allowing the 5th most goals per game with 3.38. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings are one of the worst teams offensive as they are averaging the second-fewest goals per game with 2.52. Defensively, the Kings are slightly below-average this season as they rank 17th in goals allowed per game with 3.13. With Florida having the highest-scoring teams in the league, the over is always in play in their games. The Kings have struggled defensively this season, which is why I’m going with the over 6.5 goals.