Pick Details

(69) Chicago vs. Florida (70)

PICK: williamhill @ FLA (-149)

DATE: February 29, 2020 - 6:00 PM

STAR RATING: 10.0

SPORT: NHL

EXPERT: Al McMordie

EVALUATION: Loss (-1490)

ANALYSIS:

At 6:05 pm, our selection is on the Florida Panthers over the Chicago Blackhawks.  It's leap day today and that's perhaps appropriate for the Panthers right now who have taken a leap of faith by trading one of their core players to a rival team for a package of young talent.  In an effort to revitalize their playoff hopes, the Panthers moved 26-year-old Vincent Trocheck to the Hurricanes at the deadline for forwards Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark with Carolina prospects Eetu Luostarinen and Chase Priskie also coming to Florida in the deal.  Something else that might energize the Panthers is a visit from the Blackhawks as Florida has won the last two meetings of these two team going back to December of 2018.  The 'Hawks had a big upset in their last game, beating the Lightning on Thursday, by a 5-2 final score.  But that may not bode well tonight for Chicago who is 0-4 in its last four games immediately following a win.  Although the Panthers are basically a .500 team (33-25-6), they do by far their best work vs. inferior competition, going 8-2 in their last 10 vs. teams with a losing record.  Florida is also 20-11 (+9 games on the money line) in its last 31 after allowing four goals or more in its previous game.  Finally, the Hawks are 18-28 (-10 games on the money line) in their last 46 games off of a road victory.  Take the Panthers. 10* play. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.


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