Florida vs Pittsburgh: prediction for the NHL fixture
The Florida Panthers lost several important players during the offseason, such as striker Alexander Wennberg and defenceman Keith Yandle. Experienced striker Joe Thornton was signed to strengthen the center of the attack, and so far he has been demonstrating good play.
The Panthers played 7 preseason games. After a tough victory over Tampa (3:2), they lost to the Lightning twice with a score of 2:6 and 2:4. It became clear in the preseason matches, that the Panthers have serious problems in the defensive line.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have already played one game in the new season. The Pens traveled to Tampa Bay as clear outsiders but were able to get a landslide victory with a score of 6:2.
Crosby, Malkin, Simon, and some other key players of the Penguins are still absent from the squad. Moreover, some of them are out for a long period of time, for example, Malkin is sidelined through a long-term injury.
Florida scored over 2 goals in 2 out of 3 games against Pittsburgh.
In four previous head-to-head games, the Panthers scored in the third period.
Florida will play in the optimal lineup, while Pittsburgh remain without their leaders. We doubt that the Penguins can get a win this time. The Panthers have an amazing attacking line and top performers, who can easily deal with any team's defense. We predict the victory of the hosts in this fixture.
Our prediction - Florida to win
Florida love to put on a show in front of their fans and normally play open hockey at home. Pittsburgh will struggle to hold the Panthers back, especially with their current level of performance.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals