Panthers vs Predators Pick: Thursday, March 6th
Panthers vs Predators Pick: Thursday, March 6th: The Florida Panthers received a much-needed wake-up call by the Carolina Hurricanes last week. The Panthers were beaten twice in 3 days at home by the Canes. They lost first-line winger Anthony Duclair to a lower-body injury and replaced him with Frank Vatrano. Aleksander Barkov has been strong as always, and Carter Verhaeghe is playing well beside him. Jonathan Huberdeau is on his way to another strong season, and Patric Hornqvist has been excellent. Alexander Wennberg has been average as the 2nd line center, and I’m not sure if he is good enough to be a top 6 forward. This team has very little depth, and I don’t trust their defensive corp and would prefer Dreidger between the pipes, but I’ll tell you what this team can do – beat the Nashville Predators.
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The Predators are less than the sum of their parts, and now they are dealing with injuries and covid issues. First and most importantly, they have lost defensemen Ryan Ellis to an upper-body injury. This team has very little defensive depth after Roman Josi, and I said on a video last week, what happens if Ellis or Josi gets hurt? He plays 24:39 a game, and they are going to have a very difficult time replacing that. Then they lose 1st line center Ryan Johansen to the Covid list. He has been an utter disappointment with 0g 5a in 14 games, but he is still a soft-handed big body at 6’3 218 pounds. You’d think this was a major opportunity for Matt Duchene to take the job and run with it, but he can’t hide the fact that he’s a pussy ass bitch who doesn’t work hard and stays out of the dirty areas. Mikael Granlund has moved up to center the first line. 2016 1st round pick 15th overall by the Wild Luke Kunin is dealing with a lower-body injury and will be unavailable for 2-4 weeks. Fade the Predators and get paid in full.
Panthers vs Predators Odds
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