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How To Bet On Panthers Penguins – A Lopsided Affair In Pittsburgh

Posted by Don Melrose on 2/19/2013 6:06:14 PM

Florida Panthers @ Pittsburgh Penguins – Friday February 22, 2013 7:00PM EST

When the betting sites put the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins side by side, it does not make things look very good for the Panthers. For years, Tomas Vokoun was the goalie that held the Panthers in games and allowed Florida to flirt with playoff contention. Last season, Vokoun was sent to Washington and the Panthers had its eye on a couple of replacements. The goalie Florida settled on was former Montreal Canadiens great Jose Theodore. But it has become very apparent, especially this season, that Theodore’s best days are far behind him.

The Pittsburgh Penguins has enough of a sense of sports betting drama to realize the significance of putting Vokoun in net for this game. By the way, Tomas Vokoun was picked up by the Penguins to help out a struggling Marc-Andre Fleury. Now the Panthers will have to face the goalie that it relied on for so many years to make the team relevant and allow for those playoff runs. The Penguins has also retained its ability to score goals by the truckload and that is bad news for a Florida team that is struggling on defense and in goal.

Why the Panthers Will Win

The sportsbook experts concede that large portions of the Florida team that made the playoffs last season are still intact. But that Florida team played in a Southeast Division where there was not strong competition. This season, the Tampa Bay Lighting and Carolina Hurricanes have come on strong and left Florida in a distant third place. Florida still has the pieces it needs to win hockey games, it just needs its goaltending and defense to play better. If the Florida defensive players decide to pull it together for this game, then an upset is not out of the question.

Why the Penguins Will Win

As was mentioned, Pittsburgh may display its flair for the dramatic and start Vokoun in this game. But it is important to remember that Tomas Vokoun is the guy that the Penguins will look to when the playoffs start to help the team reach its goals. The Penguins is playing strong defense and dominating offense in front of whichever goalie is in the net, and that is going to be a problem all night long for the Florida Panthers. If this becomes a shootout, then the Panthers are sunk.

The Bottom Line

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been coming out of the gate and scoring early in its recent games. It will use the same tactic in this game with the Florida Panthers. If Florida can withstand the first 10 minutes of the game, then it has a chance at staying competitive. Put if the Penguins put two early goals past Theodore, then this will be a very long night for the Florida Panthers.

Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins

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