The Jets’ road trip continues in the state of Florida, starting with a match-up against the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have been off since Monday and will be missing the services of former all-star goaltender Roberto Luongo.
Jets vs. Panthers Betting Analysis
The Jets knocked off the Panthers in both games last season, outscoring them 8-3 in the process. Since the 2014-15 season, the Jets and Panthers have split the six games played (3-3). The Jets are 4-0 in their last four games following a loss of three or more goals. Surprisingly, the Jets are 1-2-1 against the Atlantic division, while the Panthers are 2-1 against the Central division. The Jets are 2-5 in the last seven meetings in Florida.
The Jets are coming off a 5-1 setback to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and are now 17-7-4 (16-12 ATS). The team simply did not show up for that one, and faced a Red Wings club that peppered them from puck drop (16 shots on goal in the first period). The Jets’ lone goal was scored on the power-play, which currently ranks third in the NHL (26.7 percent).
Connor Hellebuyck appeared in both games against the Panthers last season, tallying a record of 2-0 with a goals against of 1.92, and a save percentage of .947. Hellebuyck is 15-3-2 on the season. Both Patrik Laine and Bryan Little scored three points against the Panthers last season. Little had his four-game point streak stopped in Detroit Tuesday night.
The Panthers are 10-13-2-2 (14-13 ATS) on the season (5-5-1-2 at home) coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders Monday night. Goaltender Roberto Luongo left that game with a lower body injury and is could miss a couple of months. He was the goaltender of record in both games against the Jets last season, registering a goals against of 3.36 and a save percentage of .901.
Look for James Reimer to get the start against the Jets. Reimer is 4-6 this season, with a goals against of 3.67 and a save percentage of .892. Harri Sateri has been recalled from the AHL to back-up Reimer in the short-term. The Panthers are ranked 20th in goals scoring (2.85) and are led by Vincent Trocheck with 27 points (10 goals, 17 asssits).
Jets vs. Panthers Prediction