Free Florida vs Arizona Pro Hockey Pick

Posted by Aaron . on March 4, 2016 in

On Saturday, the Florida Panthers are in the desert to take on the Arizona Coyotes in NHL online betting action. The Panthers (36-20-8, 80 points) are in first place in the Atlantic Division but lost on Thursday in Colorado, 3-2. The Coyotes (27-31-6, 60 points) are in fourth place in the Pacific Division and were thumped on Thursday by the Anaheim Ducks, 5-1.

Free Florida Panthers vs Arizona Coyotes Pro Hockey Pick

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:00 PM ET
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ
Radio: KTAR / Arizona Coyotes Radio Network
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Why should you bet on the Coyotes?

Niklas Treutle is the newest goalie to sit between the pipes for the Coyotes, and while his debut went poorly (five goals to the Ducks), the future is bright for this prospect, and if he gets another start on Saturday, he should play with more confidence. When the Coyotes get out in front early, they do a good job of holding onto leads — their dead-last defense comes a lot from giving up early goals and then getting into large deficits. I would take the Coyotes if there were a two-goal line on this game, so check the spreads before placing your bets.

Why should you put your money on Florida?

The Panthers have built their lead in the Atlantic Division on defense (4th in the NHL with 2.3 goals against per game) and goaltending thanks to the renewed energy of Roberto Luongo. Their offense is about in the middle of the league (13th, 2.7 goals per game), and so when their defense struggles, as it did in Colorado, the Panthers can have a hard time coming back. The fact that Arizona is below average in the league in both scoring and defense (30th in goals against at 3.2) means that the Panthers should be able to impose their will fairly easily.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I’m picking the Panthers to leave Arizona with a 4-2 win.