The National Hockey League is entering the final stretch, and the playoff races are heating up in both conferences. The Florida Panthers are in the hunt in the Eastern Conference, and they are taking on the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
San Jose has really struggled this season, but they are always dangerous on their home ice.
Florida comes into this game with 66 points, and they currently sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Panthers have just one win in their previous seven hockey games, and they desperately need a victory in this one.
San Jose has won four of their last five, but it feels like it is a little bit too late to make a run. The Sharks have just 56 points on the season, and they are unlikely to make the playoffs in 2019-20.
Sharks Need More Offense
The San Jose Sharks have really struggled to find offense this season, and that has been a major factor in their poor record. San Jose is averaging just 2.59 goals per game, and it is hard to win in the NHL with that little of output.
The Sharks are also allowing 3.24 goals per game, but their lack of offense has forced them to take some chances and give up some great scoring opportunities. Left Winger Evander Kane leads the team with 21 goals this season, but he will miss this game due to suspension.
Erik Karlsson leads the team with 34 assists and 40 goals, and he will need to step up his game on Monday night.
Panthers Want to Speed Up Tempo
The Florida Panthers are one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL this season, but they also give up a ton of goals. Florida is averaging 3.41 goals per game, but they are also allowing 3.36 goals per game.
The Panthers have been terrific on the power play this season, but they have really struggled to kill of penalties. Center Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team with 49 assists and 70 points this season, but the Panthers are loaded with young talent.
If the Panthers win this game, it will likely be a high scoring affair.
Florida Panthers at San Jose Sharks Betting Lines
BetOnline has the Florida Panthers at -106 in this matchup with the San Jose Sharks. BetOnline has also set the betting total at 6.5 goals for this showdown.
Free Betting Pick
Home teams usually have the advantage in NHL games, but that isn’t going to play a factor in this one. San Jose has a proud tradition in recent years, but this season has been a struggle for the Sharks.
Florida is trying to play their way into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and they play an extremely exciting brand of hockey. The Sharks will keep this one close, but the Panthers just have too much offense to be denied in this one.